The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:

  • word reading
  • comprehension (both listening and reading)

It is essential that teaching focuses on developing children’s competence in both dimensions; different kinds of teaching are needed for each.

While ‘word reading’ is taught through the teaching of phonics (with a specific emphasis on this in EYFS and KS1) at Carpenters, we aim to develop children’s reading comprehension skills through a carefully devised approach.

At Carpenters we use a whole class teaching approach which focuses on the discrete teaching of reading skills.  A clear lesson structure is used as follows:

  1. Speed reading of Common Exception Words (CEW)
  2. Vocabulary - activities to read and learn new words in the text.
  3. ‘Good Reader’ - opportunities to read with pace and increased fluency.
  4. ‘Gist’ - summarising has been read.
  5. Skill of the Week (SotW)  - My Turn (modelled by the teacher) Your Turn (children practice the skill independently) This provides exposure to test style questions and the skills needed to answer these.
  6. Independent task - an opportunity to apply what they have learnt to a range of activities.

Reading for pleasure (R4P)

One lesson a week is dedicated to R4P. Teachers model their passion for reading by sharing their thoughts and feelings for texts and encouraging their children to do the same. A multitude of different activities are organised but essentially these lessons are for children to simply share and read their favourite texts and be exposed to new ones by both peers and adults.

There is also time dedicated at the end of each day for staff to read a story to children.

Common Exception Words (CEW)

Common Exception Words are taught and practised daily.  Children are also tested individually, every term by HLTAs to ensure they are learning and remembering them to aid their reading fluency. Support is then put in place where necessary

Reading Interventions:

  1. Inference
    This is a 6 week programme for children in years 5 and 6 to improve their ability to make inferences based on what they have read.
  2. Reading Comprehension
    This is an intervention focused on developing children’s fluency and ability to retrieve information about what they have read.
  3. Fresh Start
    This is a programme for children in KS2, including those who may be new to English which focuses on building reading & spelling fluency. 
  4. Wave 3
    These are specialist interventions for children who need more focused support and who may have had an assessment of dyslexia.