Our Vision for Reading

Reading unlocks everything. Through reading in particular, our children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We aim to develop a love of reading so that all are children become passionate fluent readers, can acquire knowledge and build on what they already know so that they can participate fully as an informed, active member of society.

The reading curriculum will allow to children to encounter a wide range of quality literature through ambitious text choices that both reflect our diverse community and our curriculum and transport pupils to new cultures, worlds and possibilities. There is an emphasis on ‘book talk’ to develop their love of literature, building communities of readers in school and across the school community to foster a reading for pleasure culture.

Reading is embedded within and connected to all areas of the curriculum so that children will develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information; acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading.

Reading Framework

View our Reading Framework for a summary of the school’s approach to teaching reading. 

Reading Progression

To see the reading journey that pupils go on at Carrington, take a look at our Reading Progression Map

Teaching Reading in KS2

From year 3 onwards, pupils take part in four whole-class reading sessions and one ‘book talk’ session each week.

Whole-Class Reading

Whole-Class Reading sessions support pupils to learn a broad range of new, challenging vocabulary, develop fluency, accuracy and automaticity; becoming skilled readers who can answer a variety of comprehension questions based on what they have read.

Take a look here at our approach to Whole Class Reading

Book Talk

Each week, pupils engage in an informal Book Talk session. Here they have the chance to talk about the books they are reading, share their love of reading with their classmates and talk about their favourite authors and characters. Pupils recommend books to each other and read parts aloud. The sessions use social motivation to foster a ‘reading for pleasure’ culture and turn our classrooms into reading communities. In short, it is a relaxed and informal session for pupils to talk spontaneously about what they’re reading.

These key principles play a central role to the implementation of Book Talk sessions.