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Information about the phonics screening taking place in December for Year 2

Teaching the Reading Curriculum


We use every opportunity there is to support children’s reading skills and comprehension, and we teach them to develop a love of reading. Children have the opportunity to listen to a variety of reading genres that enables them to develop their comprehension, make links between books and develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of the world.


At Eastchurch C E P school reading aloud is a regular feature of our Early Years and Key Stage 1 classroom. However, we feel strongly that opportunities to listen to books should not decrease as children move through the school.  So sharing a novel or fascinating non-fiction text with a class still forms an important part of the reading curriculum for children in Key Stage 2. It is our responsibility to make


sure that all children hear books read aloud and so all classes have a timetabled read aloud session after lunch. This read aloud session is invaluable for children as listening to longer and more complex texts helps to helps develop their reading comprehension skills. When the teacher reads aloud, it makes literary language accessible and also provides a model of expressive reading. It is a joyful time of the day where children and adults get the chance to share a story as a class.


Developing a love of reading in children requires a wide, language-rich curriculum and classroom environment that immerses children in books and stories. All classes have an appealing designated book corner to encourage this.  

Guided Reading


Children will have the chance to encounter a wide range of genres, some of which will be unfamiliar. Amongst other things guided reading helps to improve their discrete reading and comprehension skills, broadens their experience, helps them to form opinions about books and authors, and gives them the opportunity to use literary language.

Reading with R.I.C


R - Retrieve (Example: What can you see in the picture?)

I - Interpret (Example: How are the characters feeling in this picture?)

C - Choice (Example: Why did the author choose to have the setting at the forest?)

  • Teachers will follow the long term reading plan, which is closely linked to the writing and topic long term plan.
  • The stimulus is always something different; it can be a song, poem, video, photo or advert which is shared with the whole class.  Sometimes they require children to read, sometimes they don't.  They always contain a Retrieve, Interpret and (author/artist/director) Choice question.  
  • The children will be presented with the same R.I.C questions, the follow up activities/ extended questions will be planned and differentiated in accordance with Blooms Taxonomy low and high level thinking skills - knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. 

Guidelines for Reception and KS1


  • All guided reading sessions will be carried out daily (3 times a week for Reception).
  • Each guided reading session should be approximately 20-30 minutes in length
  • Each guided reading session will take on a whole class teaching approach as outlined above.


Guidelines for KS2


  • All guided reading sessions will be carried out at least twice a week.
  • Each guided reading session should be approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour in length.
  • Each guided reading session will take on a whole class teaching approach as outlined above.
  • The teacher will ensure that the following assessment focusses are explored:

Retrieve – take information directly from the text
Interpret - including predictions
Choice - including language, structure and presentation
Viewpoint - including history and culture if appropriate
Perform - to make way for the reading objectives of performance poetry and play scripts
Review - to include written recommendations, presentations and discussions as required in upper KS2.



We are extremely lucky and grateful, here at Eastchurch, as we have a library where our librarians ensure that the library is tidy and well organised.


 Throughout the course of the year, children will have opportunities to participate in many activities to support and encourage their passion for reading, such as World Book Day.


Volunteer Readers

We actively encourage members of the local community to work in the school as volunteer readers and their role is to hear children read on a one to one basis, within the classroom. They are an invaluable resource in supporting children’s reading at Eastchurch C E P School.  

 All volunteer readers are required to have a Disclosing and Barring Services check (DRB) when working in the school.