The Teaching of Reading


Reading skills are an integral part of learning throughout the curriculum, children learn to read but also learn through reading. At Lower Fields we aim to develop positive attitudes towards reading so that it is a pleasurable and meaningful activity. Pupils need to read and respond to a variety of texts whilst gaining an increased level of fluency, accuracy, independence and understanding.


Pupils have access to a wide range of reading opportunities that include:

  • Shared reading
  • Guided reading
  • Independent reading
  • Home/school reading books
  • Reading whole texts in English lessons
  • Selecting books from the school Library
  • ICT texts

We have invested in a range of resources to support the teaching of reading and phonics at Lower Fields from: Songbirds, Floppy’s Phonics, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree. To help children to develop a love of reading, new and classic texts enhance English and guided reading lessons.

The Accelerated Reader approach runs in Year 5 and 6. The popular texts and on-line quizzes allow children to develop their comprehension skills. The competitive element of the scheme encourages children to read more frequently in and out of school.

A reading challenge runs from Years 1 to 6 (click here), which involves children reading a wide selection of popular children’s texts. Each half term a prize draw is made for those children who have participated. For the full list of reading challenge books please click on the documents at the bottom of this page.

Lower Fields is an open school for reading. Parents can visit the school library with their children before and after school to borrow or buy a wide selection of books.