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Intent Statement:

Here at Paulton Infant School we recognise the importance in the ability to read and understand that reading is key in enabling successful, lifelong learners. Through reading, children can; explore the world around them, discover inspiring facts or even be transported to imaginative new worlds all whilst supporting their language development and understanding of vocabulary.


As such, our approach to reading at Paulton Infant School strives to nurture a lasting love of reading in all children from the start of their schooling and we endeavour to ensure that each and every child within our school engages in high quality learning opportunities to develop essential reading skills necessary for engaging in all aspects of learning across the curriculum.


Teaching Reading at Paulton Infant School:

At Paulton Infant School, our aim is to enable children to develop their decoding fluency and comprehension skills to be competent readers. We also encourage every child to select books to share with friends at school and their families in order to develop a love of reading. 


Reading at Paulton infant school is taught and supported in a number of ways. Developing successful reading skills is achieved through daily phonics sessions, small group intervention where necessary, guided reading sessions and English lessons. We also encourage reading opportunities throughout the curriculum to highlight it's importance. 

Supporting Reading at Home:

To ensure all our children become successful readers we work collaboratively with our parents and the wider community and recognise that it is a team effort in engaging children with reading. We work in partnership with our parents to acknowledge that a child’s reading experience is much more than the reading book which comes home from school. It is reading, sharing and listening to a wide and varied range of genres for real enjoyment.


Did you know?

If you read just one book a day to your child, they will have read 1825 books by their 5th birthday; every day counts - every book counts.


Expectations for Home Reading:


  • Read regularly- It only has to be a short period of time and sometimes it could be you reading to your child or them reading to a teddy. During these times ensure to discuss the text and ask a few questions about what they have read.

  • Update Reading Records- After reading, update the yellow reading record with what you have read and how they did. Was there a specific sound that was tricky or a word they did not know? Your comments are really important as these are used as part of our evidence for when we level children’s reading ability.

  • Have a book bag- Ensure that your child has their named book bag in school every day. Due to timetable constraints your child may not complete their individual reading on the same day each week so we ask that book bags are always available to support us to read with children as and when we can. It also enables us to provide additional reading opportunities should time allow it.

  • Wider Reading- Please encourage children to read their own books alongside their school books as well as encourage reading whenever it is happening- even if it is looking at a menu when you are having a meal at a restaurant. A wide variety of text types is essential to supporting children in becoming successful readers with a life-long love of reading.

  • Keep reading fun- We want our children to develop a love of reading and engage with the opportunities provided of them. If this means you share the load and read a page each or sometimes you read to them then this is absolutely fine. Remember to speak to your child’s class teacher if you need any support with engaging your child with reading.

Useful documents and information:

School Information-

Please see the attached documents for more information about reading and expectations at Paulton Infant School.

National Curriculum-

For further information on Reading and English in the Early Years and National Curriculum, follow these links:​

Useful Websites-

Some of our Favourite Authors

Online Books (eBooks)

Recommended Apps

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