Teaching and Learning

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, 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.

The teaching of Phonics

Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach using the Letters and Sounds programme. Individual letters or sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds and these are then blended to form complete words. Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, each phase builds on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. Children also learn ‘tricky’ words - those whose spellings are unusual or those that children have not been taught. The sessions include games, songs and actions. Each session provides the children with the opportunity to practise reading and writing sounds and high frequency words.

Phonics is taught on a daily basis to pupils in Reception classes and to all pupils in KS1 in small groups, across a particular phase. Rigorous and regular assessments check that pupils are being grouped within the appropriate phase. Phonics teaching continues into Year 3 and as part of targeted interventions across the school. 

If you would like any further information about phonics or reading please contact the school.

You can support your child by reading and sharing books with them as much as possible.

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