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At Bonner, we adopt a rigorous approach to teaching reading in all key stages. In Key Stages One and Two, reading is taught as a discrete lesson, which is supplementary to a daily english lesson.

  • Early reading is taught daily in Reception and Year One through the fully synthetic Read Write Inc phonics programme.
  • In Years Two - Six, children continue to practise their word-reading and comprehension skills through a daily reading lesson.

* Where children require further phonics support after Year One, this is provided alongside reading lessons.

With all early readers, we use PM Benchmarking to monitor progress in reading and to closely match their reading material to their phonics knowledge. As children become more fluent readers, we use Accelerated Reader assessments to find the child's individual ZPD (reading level) so that they access texts at the appropriate level for them. This also allows us to closely track progress in reading fluency and comprehension.

Beyond the daily english lesson and additional reading sessions, learners enjoy opportunities to read across the wider curriculum. Our use of cross-curricular topics ensures that children read widely and often. As well as this, children at Bonner benefit from a wide range of reading activities including regular visits to our beautiful school library; drama and performance workshops; author visits; book fairs; and the creation of wonderful displays and artwork linked to their learning in english and reading lessons.