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Barnburgh Primary Academy

Barnburgh Primary Academy


Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.  A good reader will be able to read more challenging material.  A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

"Reading is the passport to countless adventures"- Mary Pope Osborne.

"Reading is the gateway for children that makes all other learning possible" - Barack Obama



We start teaching children to read from the day they join us in Early Years by ensuring that children have regular opportunities to hold books, to look at a variety of texts, to talk about books and to listen to stories and rhymes being read from books. Our youngest children learn that all print carries meaning, and they begin to develop an understanding of story structure and characters. This is modelled through provision, story time, and small group time. The process of learning to read starts with the teaching of phonics. We teach discrete phonics lessons daily in Early Years; please refer to our 'phonics' page for more information about this.



In Year One and Year Two, children develop their reading through the RWI scheme. Children are streamed into groups, catered to their ability. The children are assessed each half-term to determine what group they are in.

Children access high-quality texts throughout the curriculum and are able to develop their reading by exploring non-fiction, fiction and poetry. 



  • Phonics will continue to be taught as an intervention to any children who have not achieved the expected outcomes in reading by the end of Key Stage One. These children will also have access to bridging books or levelled books to cater to their ability and to continue consolidating their knowledge.
  • At the start of each week, the children will be introduced to an extract of text. This varies between a narrative piece, non-fiction and poetry. These often link to what is being covered through the curriculum.
  • Reading sessions are delivered to the whole class as one group. During these sessions, teachers and support staff will give the children an opportunity to read to themselves and also have the chance to practise reading with an adult at least once a week. 
  • Teachers will continue to provide regular shared reading opportunities in lessons across the curriculum.
  • Children will be taught different reading skills linked to the content domains every session and have the chance to demonstrate their understanding. 
  • The content domains are the following: explain the meaning of words, retrieve information, summarise ideas, make inferences, predictions, meaning and comparisons.
  • Their progress is then assessed in a weekly assessment task. During this session, the children are encouraged to work independently and apply the skills which they have been taught during the week.




At Barnburgh, we follow the Read Write Inc DFE accredited synthetic phonics reading scheme. RWI is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.  Reception and KS1 children are taught in differentiated groups and some children from KS2 are streamed into these sessions.

When using Read Write Inc to read, the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • Learning to read words using Fred Talk                      
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.
  • Access to levelled books or bridging books catered to their ability in sessions and to take home.

Owston Park Primary Academy: Phonics

Barnburgh's Reading Culture

At Barnburgh, we pride ourselves on promoting a love for reading. All children have the opportunity to select a book to read for pleasure from the school library. Children are able to take this book home or may choose to leave it in school to enjoy it throughout the school day.

Alongside this, we continue to celebrate reading through book fairs, celebrating reading events such as World Book Day and author visits to ignite children's interest in reading further.