Approach to reading

At Brookhurst we encourage a love of reading and aim to teach children key literacy skills through our English curriculum, delivered in line with the National Curriculum for English.

Our approach to reading and the appreciation of literature
  • Children are taught to read using a range of strategies
  • Children are given opportunities to read alone, with an adult, in groups and with a child from another age group
  • Shared Reading – Children all read from the same text in chorus or individually turn taking with others following
  • Guided Reading – Sharing a text in a smaller group, discussing their comprehension of the text layout, referring to the text to answer questions and justify opinions
  • Individual Reading – Children are heard read on an individual basis in KS1 and in KS2
  • Independent Reading – Children are given the opportunity to read independently wherever possible
  • Reading for pleasure – children are given the opportunity to read a variety of materials which reflect their particular interests e.g. magazines, individual genres, specific authors, books that reflect personal hobbies etc.
  • Adults share their favourite children’s books with children
  • Authors, journalists and poets are invited into school to share their craft


Reading schemes

To encourage a love of reading in our youngest children (Key Stage 1) we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme and decodeable books to match each child’s phonics attainment. This is so the children build their confidence in reading and are using their phonics knoweldge to secure reading fluency. In KS1, the children also take home an ‘I can share book’ to encourage reading for pleasure.

In Key Stage 2, we use Accelerated Reader. Please see our Parent Guide below.

Parent guide to Accelerated Reader