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How we teach Reading

At Mansfield Primary Academy we want our children not simply to learnt to read but to develop a life long love for reading.

We approach reading in 3 strands:

  • Quality first teaching
  • An inclusive reading environment
  • Developing a love of reading

Quality First Teaching

Early Reading is built on phonics using a mix of letters and sounds and rapid phonics. In main school, year 1-6, we choose high quality texts for each class to study and use a shared reading approach. We share a text as a class, discussing the vocabulary, the effect, the underlying subtext and really dissect the text. Children get lots of exposure to high quality language and a really in-depth discussions.

Our weeks are split into 5 distinct teaching areas. Each week begins with a therapy that explicitly teaches one of these skill areas. Classes will have this focus as their main target and two other targets that will thread through the weeks reading activities. Children will also have a specific session giving the opportunity to apply this new skill during an activity tailored to build on this learning. Classes will also experience a lesson focusing on text analysis discussing the vocabulary, the effect, the underlying subtext and really dissect the text. With lots of exposure to high quality language and a really in-depth discussions.

We spend a lesson developing talk for reading this can be centred around a drama activity, for example hot seating one of a stories characters, making stories come to life and giving meaning their reading.

Finally a session that gives them the chance to pair read books of their choice, developing a love for reading and a reading community within our school.

These are our reading skills:

  • Prediction skills
  • Boxing up skills
  • Word Attack Skills
  • Compare and contrast
  • Summarising skills
  • Question skills
  • Read like a professional
  • Authorial Intent skills.
  • Personal Opinion
  • Fact or opinion
  • Structure skills
  • Literal skills
  • Skim and scam skills
  • Inference and deduction skills


Love of Reading

Teaching reading is important but loving reading is more important. Children need to want to read and we do lots of things to encourage our children to love their reading.

Every week we have a reading assembly, where a member of staff reads one of their favourite books to the children. Focusing only on reading for pleasure.

Teachers read to children every day – even in KS2 it’s so important that children hear adults read with passion and enthusiasm as a great model.

Key Stage two have a weekly reading club where children from across years 3,4,5 and 6 come together to share books of their choice- building a  community of readers!

Every half term each class has a text which is celebrated and shared.

Stay and read afternoons. Each week a different class invites their families or carers into school for a shared class story and a chance to share cakes and refreshments whilst celebrating their reading and reading together.

Book Boats in EYFS for children to sail away to wherever their books may take them…

Daily News reading to read a different style of text and also see a real-life purpose for reading in developing their knowledge of the world

Reading areas in EYFS and KS1 classrooms.

Community book swap for staff and parents to exchange and share books.

Reading Story Bear bags to share a story in EYFS, KS 1 and Key Stage 2 as a family with hot chocolate! Story bear goes home every week to a different family with his scrap book so families can comment on how much they enjoyed the story adding a picture of how bear got on!


Adopt a bear scheme.

No-one Left Behind! – Interventions

Whilst undertaking our reading lessons, we assess the children carefully and react swiftly to give children extra support and interventions to help them make progress in line with their peers and be able to move forward. We have a range of reading interventions including immediate in class support from a teacher or teaching assistant, along with regular phonics groups in Key Stage 1, paired reading, PIXL reading therapies, speed reading practice and 1:1 reading with adults. As reading is the key to all areas we make it our mission to do all we can to ensure children make progress in reading.