At Meadows our reading intent is to:
• Ensure our children have access to a high-quality English curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable.
• Provide our children with a variety of high-quality reading materials & opportunities, which will enable them to develop as lifelong readers with a love of reading.  

• Enhanced all children’s vocabulary and use of standard English both written and orally
• Ensure all children are confident and independent readers.
• Develop inquisitive readers who ask questions about the text – active learners For example: Child response: “I think…, because…, In my option…, The writer…so that…, …led me to think that…”
• Equip all children with the reading skills needed to successfully research areas of personal interest.
• Support children & parents in taking reading into the home. For example: home readers, reading challenge.


Reading implementation

At Meadows we aim to be cross curricular and creative in our approach to implementing a high quality English curriculum.

Our implementation is developed through secure understanding of the curriculum and subject area.
Planning for reading

1. Long term: National Curriculum.

2. Medium term: Year group ‘Age Related Expectation’ (ARE) sheets.

3. Short term: Year group ‘Age Related Expectation’ (ARE) sheets.

Teaching of reading
‘Quality first teaching’ linked to teaching standards:

 All teachers:

1. Know where their children are, through the use of concise summative assessment, including past SATs, prior learning assessments including phonic screening
scores & weekly spelling test scores.

2. Understand where their children need to be, through a secure understanding of year group expectations and/or pre key stage expectations also incisive, ongoing,
formative assessment e.g. marking,
differentiated questioning and the expectation of differentiated responses to questions asked.
3. Know how they are going to get them there, through:
- The use of a wide range of strategies to promote independence, mastery and a love of reading.
- KS1 & KS2 receive four 30 minute, teacher led/TA, guided reading sessions each week.
- EYFS & KS1 daily phonic sessions based on Letters & Sounds and other activities.

All staff read to their children at the end of each day for 15 mins – this is called the Golden Read.
Every other Friday staff rotate around the key stages to read stories to different classes on any theme.

Meadows Reading Challenge 

Guided Reading

Meadows Book Fair - January 2020
What is Letters and Sounds.pdf
Letter and Sound Games.pdf

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Reading with your child
We want to encourage children to take an active and enthusiastic ownership of their learning by really
embracing the opportunities that reading opens up for them! On this page we will add helpful hints,
ideas and resources that can help you encourage your child with their reading at home!

You can download Information leaflets in a language of your choice giving you advice to help you 'Read With Your Child'!

Reading with your child English
Reading with your child Bengali
Reading with your child Czech
Reading with your child French
Reading with your child Gurjarati
Reading with your child Hindi
Reading with your child Polish
Reading with your child Romanian
Reading with your child Russian
Reading with your child Slovakian 

Please click here for more information about reading with your child. 


Key Stage 1: Reading questions for parents
Key Stage 2: Reading questions for parents 


There are so many different books to read it can be hard to choose! If you are looking for ideas for presents or what to choose from the library we here are some suggestions for you.
There are recommended books for different ages but there are always plenty more!
You don't have to read them all! But do try to read a variety of books - modern, classics, funny, action, factual and fiction - it all helps to keep you interested and broaden your vocabulary! When you have read a book, tell a friend or someone in your family about it and why you liked it (or not).





For further suggestions and recommendations please see below:


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

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