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.


Below you will see why reading is such a necessary and important life skill and how supporting reading in the right way can help children not only become enthusiastic life-long readers but also successful and resilient learners too!

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Teaching Reading at Paulton Infant School:

At Paulton Infant School, our aim is to enable children to develop their fluency and comprehension skills to be successful readers whilst encouraging a love of reading and the ability to read for pleasure.


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, weekly guided reading session and typical English lessons. However, we also enable the children in our school opportunities to practise and apply their reading skills across all curriculum subjects and highlight the importance of reading in everyday life.


All children throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1 are taught how to read through high quality, focused phonics sessions following the Letters and Sounds programme. Phonics is the first important step for children in learning to read and developing a love of reading. During these daily, structured sessions, children are taught to; recognise sounds, develop their blending and segmenting skills, use sound buttons and bars to help apply their phonic knowledge to new words and understand terminology such as phoneme, grapheme, trigraph etc. More information about Phonics teaching and our use of Letters and Sounds can be found on our Phonics page.


Guided Reading:

Further targeted reading teaching is delivered through weekly guided reading sessions which can be in the form of whole class or guided group sessions. Each session has a specific objective which has been selected by the teacher and shared with the children and during these sessions, children are supported and guided to engage with a text beyond their overall reading level for a specific purpose. This could be to; understand an author’s use of specialist vocabulary, develop ability in offering predictions to events; enabling inference and deduction opportunities about what has happened and why or even to explore texts of different genres and the features they contain.

Individual Reading:

At Paulton Infant School we are very fortunate to have a wide variety of reading books from different schemes that include both fiction and non-fiction text types. Recently, we have reorganised our reading schemes to make them more accessible to all of our children in school. Our reading books are now grouped phonologically based on our school phonics progression however we recognise there is still some work to fine-tune this so please bear with us whilst we ensure all books have been allocated to the correct box. This reorganisation has enabled a wider variety of texts to be available to our children which are closely matched to children’s individual developing phonic knowledge enabling a more purposeful opportunity to apply their phonic knowledge and build fluency and comprehension.


As previously, individual reading will still be conducted weekly with the class teacher or TA however the main difference is that children will now self-select their reading book. Initially, children will be matched to their corresponding box (which will appear different to their previous level on the old system) and this is where they will select books from. For EYFS children, this will be a guided opportunity to help them understand the structure of the system. During individual reading time, children will be heard to read a small amount of their chosen book whilst supported to develop their reading fluency and comprehension skills as appropriate. Following the reading, the school adult will record this in children’s individual yellow books and where required adjust children’s allocated box and allow children to select further books to bring home (usually 2-3 books will come home for a week).

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Additional Reading Opportunities:

At Paulton Infant School we welcome volunteers and we are very fortunate to have some wonderfully committed visitors who regularly come in and listen to readers. These opportunities are fantastic as they allow children to have additional time practising their reading skills in addition to the other reading opportunities happening throughout the school day.


We also encourage use of our school library which was recently beautifully decorated by our PTA to create a warm and welcoming area for children to engage with a variety of texts. Here children can choose familiar stories to enjoy by themselves or with a friend or even find a book on a very specific topic to help them learn something new.


Reading buddies is also a new approach that we are using at Paulton Infant school which is proving to be very popular. Each class will have paired children up to become reading buddies. During set times (ideally 2 or 3 times a week), reading buddies will choose a book to share together. This may be from the library, the book corner or their book bag and it is wonderful to see the children working together to engage in books. As part of these opportunities we have found children sharing recommendations of books and authors but also a real encouragement of high quality discussion about events in a text.

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)

Phonics Support


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