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At Ascot Road we aim to equip all children with a love of reading that they can take through their entire education and into adult life. Our curriculum is designed for children to become independent fluent readers who can enjoy a wide genre of texts and ask relevant questions to challenge their understanding. 


By teaching reading we aim to:


  • develop fluency -  children progress to become fluent readers who read with expression and appropriate prosody

  • develop comprehension - children have a deep understanding of a wide range of texts and can discuss and explain their ideas

  • promote a “Reading for Pleasure” culture - children are inspired and confident to choose books relevant to their own interests and read these both at school and at home. 

Celebrate stories from all countries and cultures - diversity and inclusion are supported through a wide range of texts promoted in school.


In KS1, children follow the Read Write Inc programme to develop their decoding skills and allow them to become confident in word reading. As the children progress through the programme fluent reading becomes a greater focus, as well as developing understanding by reading and answering a range of questions about the text. Screenshot 2024 04 04 140627

Reading for pleasure is encouraged and supported throughout the school day, beginning in daily phonics lessons and carrying through to whole class storytime and extra curricular reading events. 

In KS2, our Guided Reading lessons ensure fluency is developed by incorporating a range of different reading strategies:

Paired Read | Echo Read | Choral Read | Independent Read | Click Read

Using high quality texts relevant to our Humanities topics and set at a level designed to challenge each child, we use VIPERS to pose mixed comprehension style questions for all children to develop their understanding and ability to discuss and explain their ideas:






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School and class libraries promote diversity and inclusion by incorporating a range of texts reflecting cultures and countries around the world. These are highlighted in a school display detailing a selection of texts from around the world, taken from different classes around the school. 



Upon leaving Ascot Road, children will possess an inherent love of reading. They will be fluent readers, who are able to understand and discuss a wide range of texts and offer opinions based on inference and explain their ideas in detail.

Children will be strong, secure and confident readers who are able and willing to go on to explore a range of different text types. They will be able to listen to the opinions of others, and enjoy both reading and discussion of what they have read. 


What does Reading look like in Reception?

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Reading in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is closely aligned with the Development Matters framework, supporting all areas of development in children aged 0 to 5. Shared stories and reading high quality texts aloud forms a large part of communication, social-emotional development, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. 

Hearing high quality texts read aloud also models correct grammar and pronunciation and promotes extended conversations, as well as promoting listening and attention skills, building a foundation for further learning. 


How are SEND children supported?

Children with SEND are able to access Reading and stories in a variety of different ways. Depending on the needs of the child, texts can be adjusted to suit their individual reading level and so they can access whole class learning.

Stories can also allow children with SEND to access topics in different ways. Hearing adults as models reading aloud has strong links with Speech And Language Therapy (SALT), and children are exposed to everyday scenarios and situations by way of social stories and themed books. 



Reading is celebrated and enjoyed throughout the school in several ways. 

  • reading events for both KS1 and KS2, such as “Bedtime Story Evening” and the “Book Bazaar”.

  • celebration of World Book Day

  • sharing a book with each other across classes, e.g. Reception children reading with Year 2.

  • parent reading workshops

  • author visits 

  • teacher’s book library in the staffroom 

  • themed display boards to celebrate reading and the diverse nature of our school books

  • thoughtfully designed and well maintained reading areas in each classroom

  • whole school library and a KS2 library with a range of organised popular texts

  • strong links between reading at home and in school - books chosen for pleasure and to match individual reading levels and changed on a weekly basis