Kingsley Community Primary and Nursery School, has a clear, consistent, whole school approach to reading. We recognise that competence in reading is fundamental to many aspects of life and is central to independent learning. It is inextricably linked to speaking and listening which is the cornerstone for all language development. Therefore, we ensure that reading is at the heart of our learning by ensuring that literacy is taught through rich, engaging, quality texts. We always encourage children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers, and promote high quality discussion around a range of reading materials.  At Kingsley Community Primary and Nursery School, we recognise the significance of proficient reading skills as being a key factor in the academic and social success of our children both during their time at primary school and beyond into their adult lives.  We work hard to work hard to promote the ‘love for reading’ and encourage children to embrace this.


Our Aims:

  • To provide children with the skills and strategies necessary to develop into competent and fluent readers
  • To encourage the enjoyment of books and reading so that the children develop a life-long love of books
  • To help children to understand the sound and spelling system, and use this to decode words with increasing accuracy 
  • To develop a critical appreciation of what they read
  • To develop study skills so that the children can find appropriate fiction and nonfiction books from the library
  • To develop research skills and understand the layout of different types of books
  • To develop an appreciation of a wide range of literature, including poetry.
  • To encourage care and ownership of books
  • To develop the ability to listen attentively


At Kingsley Community Primary and Nursery School, we will teach reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a text based approach which allows for a creative curriculum.




At Kingsley Community Primary and Nursery School we believe that all children should: 


  • Read with confidence, fluency, and understanding
  • Be taught the full range of reading strategies including: phonic knowledge (visual information), grammatical knowledge (structural information), word recognition and graphic knowledge (visual information), contextual knowledge (meaning)
  • During shared, guided and independent reading to monitor their reading and correct their own mistakes
  • Have an interest in words and their meanings, developing a varied, rich and aspirational vocabulary
  • Read a range of genres in fiction and poetry 
  • Understand, use and be able to read a range of non-fiction texts
  • Use conventions of library organisation and ICT systems to access texts to locate information
  • Through reading and writing, develop their own powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness
  • Discuss books with reference to author, illustrator, genre, theme and characters; to express personal responses with increasing fluency, enthusiasm, passion and critical analysis
  • See the reading process being effectively modelled by their teacher; participate regularly in reading activities with the whole class, as a member of a smaller group or individually
  • Understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell simple and complex sounds accurately through the daily, systematic teaching of phonic skills in KS1 (and KS2 as necessary) using the Read, Write, Inc programme
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading, linked to the assessment focuses 
  • Be interested in books, foster a love for reading and evaluate to justify their preferences.


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At Kingsley Community Primary and Nursery School, we strive to provide the best possible education for all pupils. In doing so, we will endeavour to deliver an effective curriculum to all children regardless of age, sex, race, background or ability.


Our Aims:

  • To provide children with the necessary skills to become competent, creative and efficient users of the English Language in order to prepare them for secondary school and to enable them to become successful in their later lives.
  •  To provide children with successful Literacy role models to increase aspiration.
  •  To provide children with meaningful, engaging contexts for reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • To provide speaking and listening skills which enable children to converse with peers and adults in a meaningful way
  • Express themselves clearly in writing, using good spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Write in ways appropriate to an intended audience and/or for the intended purpose.
  • Produce work which is of high quality, resembling our ‘Star Qualities’
  • Develop reading skills so that they become proficient, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and responsive to a variety of texts.
  • Develop reading skills so that they can analyse and extract meaning from increasingly challenging texts.
  •  To provide high quality Literacy experiences outside designated Literacy lessons through a Creative curriculum.
  •  To meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum and the EYFS Development Matters document.


At Kingsley Community Primary and Nursery School, we will teach reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a text based approach which allows for a creative curriculum.


Planning and Teaching

All teachers will plan against the 2014 National Curriculum.

All children will receive a focused, objective specific daily Literacy session which will provide children with the opportunity to learn new skills, apply their knowledge, edit, review and perform in front of an audience as necessary. Additionally, all children will be given the opportunity to enhance their Literacy skills through well planned topic sessions - reading and writing for a variety of purposes.


A text based approach will be used across all year groups which will link to the topic theme. Whole school projects will be planned for in order to show clear progression across the skills.


Teachers will create a half termly writing progress plan which will identify children’s targets and inform planning. These targets will link directly into daily guided writing sessions and targets will be shared with the children. Children in EYFS, Y1 and Y2 will receive a weekly target which will be displayed on a pencil template. New targets will be collected each week. Children in Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 will receive half termly targets, also displayed on a pencil template. Children will keep their pencils on their tables to refer to in all subject areas


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