Reading is at the heart of the curriculum and is taught across all curriculum subjects.

Our reading curriculum is designed with 5 key goals in mind.

  • To provide a wide range of high quality texts and genres across the curriculum for pupils to enjoy
  • To provide multisensory strategies to enthuse and engage children enabling them to develop their phonological awareness
  • To expose the children to a wide range of vocabulary so they are confident and able to articulate their ideas and communicate effectively
  • To equip pupils with the ability to read widely and fluently for pleasure and information to be able to access and read a wide range of material through all areas of the curriculum
  • To ensure children have a sufficient standard of reading to enable them to be successful in life beyond school



Reading is taught daily as a discrete lesson across all stages alongside phonics in EYFS and KS1. In early years we focus on word reading and as the children move further through the school, we develop reading fluency. In key stage 1 and 2 we use a skills based approach where children are taught a reading skill, given the opportunity to practise and apply it and then it is all brought together and applied to comprehension tasks. This ensures children can read fluently and have a thorough understanding of what they have read. We also follow Power of Reading for our English lessons (see below for more information).

Home reading:

Children are given a range of different books to read at home frequently. The books that are used for home reading are age appropriate and matched with a child’s phonics learning/reading ability depending on the age and ability of the child. Parents are expected to sign reading records and teachers check these at least weekly. Rewards are giving for those regularly reading at home. Workshops are offered to parents to help support with home reading.

Love of reading:

Here at OSPA we take every opportunity to promote a love of reading. We purchase new books every year and each classroom has their own book corners with book banded books as well as a range of fiction and non-fiction appropriate for the age group. We hold reading events throughout the year such as Read Inns where parents and children are invited to share books together. We also attend the Grimsby library regularly.

Early Years

In the Early Years, English is taught through a mixture of adult-led inputs and child-initiated play. It includes talking about books, print in the environment, early mark making and writing, as well as sharing books and singing songs and rhymes.

The children in the Early Years follow the Power of Reading.

  • In Nursery the focus is predominantly on the children’s communication and language development. The children have discussions about the text and illustrations, predict what the story may be about, describe the setting and characters and explore new vocabulary
  • In Reception the books are used to open up a range of learning opportunities. The children retell and re-enact the story in a variety of ways, engage in discussions about the text and ask questions, develop an understanding of story structure, explore new vocabulary and learn to write for meaning and purpose in narrative and non-narrative forms.


Resources to support at home:


10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read

As parents have an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read, here are some suggestions as to how you can help to make this a positive experience

  1. Choose a quiet time

Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough.

  1. Make reading enjoyable

Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then move on.

  1. Maintain the flow

If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. Encourage them to “sound out” the words using the sounds they have learnt in phonics.

  1. Be positive

If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don’t say ‘No. That’s wrong,’ but ‘Let’s read it together’ and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child’s confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.

  1. Visit the Library

Encourage your child to use the public library regularly.

  1. Regular practice

Try to read with your child on most school days. ‘Little and often’ is best.

  1. Communicate

Try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns via the Reading Record Card. Your child will then know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading.

  1. Talk about the books

There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, and their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.

  1. Variety is important

Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials eg. picture books, hard backs,comics, magazines, poems and information books.

  1. Let the child take control

Let your child hold the book, turn the pages and choose the location of the reading time.