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Reading at Pollington – Balne CE Primary School

-Be the Best You Can Be


The Christian values of PERSEVERANCE, COURAGE and SERVICE underpin and further support all strands taught in Reading.



At Pollington-Balne C of E Primary school we value Reading as a key life skill. We believe that reading is vital for children’s academic success. Our vision is to ensure  that children learn to read fluently as quickly as possible, whilst encouring a love for reading which is why at Pollington-Balne we prioritise children’s early reading to support younger readers master the basics of reading.  Children from EYFS through to Year 2 are taught Phonics through a systematic approach.


Through a carefully planned Book Led Curriculum, we immerse children in a wide range of high-quality texts in which children are able to  develop a love of reading and a passion for discovery. As the children progress on their Reading journey through school,  children at Pollington-Balne develop our Christian Values of Respect and Service and their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live


By the time children leave Pollington-Balne Primary school it is our vision that children are equipped with the skills to be life-long readers.  Pupils will be able to read fluently and with confidence across a wide range of  high-quality fiction and non-fiction  texts and across any subject. They will gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. Thus, children will leave Pollington-Balne Primary school knowing more, understanding more and remembering more, enabling them to achieve and exceed their potential. Our children will have the understanding and the ability to achieve a lifetime of enjoyment through reading for pleasure. 


- At Pollington-Balne we dare to dream and love to learn.



Early Reading – Phonics

At Pollington-Balne Primary School, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the key approach to reading. Children are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their key approach to reading. The children are also taught high-frequency (Red) words which do not fully follow phonic rules. Children’s reading progress is frequently assessed to enable for movement amongst ability groups in order to meet their individual needs. Children are formally assessed at the end of each term.

In addition to termly assessments the National Phonics screening check is completed in June of Year 1. The purpose of the screening check is to verify that all children have acquired phonic decoding to an age-appropriate standard. Children who do not meet the required standard for the check in year 1 enter again in year 2.


At Pollington we have taken on a new approach to developing  reading for understanding across school with the Literacy Shed's 'Reading Vipers'. This new approach means that all children from Y1-Y6 take part in daily whole class reading sessions lasting approx. 30mins. Within these sessions children are explicitly taught the skills of reading (outlined in the National Curriculum and the KS1 and KS2 test domains) which will enable them to become lifelong readers. These sessions teach a range of skills and techniques which enable children to comprehend the meaning of what they read and develop their understanding of the vocabulary used by authors. Vipers sessions are separate to but may complement writing lessons. 

Reading Scheme

At Pollington-Balne Primary School, our current reading scheme is a combination of Oxford Reading Tree and Project X. Our reading books are colour banded. Children are given a colour band to choose their home reading book from, which will help ensure that the book selected is at the correct reading level. Every colour band offers a range of reading experiences, so they can explore a range of stories, text types and illustrations. Once children have progressed through the reading scheme, pupils will be free readers, allowing the children to access high quality texts within their own interests. Our vision for 2020 is to move towards Accelerated Reader which will allow children to take ownership of their learning.

What are our children saying about Reading?

Here's what our children think about Reading when asked in a recent survey; Why do you think reading is important?

EYFS - 'To learn new sounds.'

Y1 - 'So that you can learn lots of things.'

Y2 - 'When you are older you need to read different things.'

Y3 - 'It's a skill that you need to have for when you are older.'

Y4 - 'It is a very important skill that you need to develop in life.'

Y5 - 'You find out things, like facts, and it helps you to undeerstand things more clearly.'

Y6 - 'Reading helps you with your vocabulary and imagination.'


Our children at Pollington-Balne know that reading requires courage and perseverance. They recognise that reading is an important life skill as they mature and they understand that as they become confident readers, they are able to enjoy a wider range of reading material that allows their vocabulary to widen and their imagination to grow.


Reading Curriculum Vision

Readng Progression of Skills Document

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