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Reading and Phonics

Reading Intent

‘We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing.  Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English within a broad and balanced curriculum, with opportunities to read for different purposes and consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.’ (JPS Reading policy)

At Jump Primary School, we aim to support children in becoming confident, fluent and expressive readers who can derive meaning and information from a variety of texts. We also hope to develop a lifelong passion for reading. (be confident) We want all pupils to be enthusiastic readers who enjoy showcasing their fluency, vocabulary acquisition, knowledge and skills (be responsible). From Nursery to Year 6, our aim is to develop pupils who have the stamina and ability to read at least at the age expected standard and who can transfer their English skills to other curriculum subjects (be resilient).

We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Reading, with oracy underpinning everything we do. Our teachers follow a clear pathway of progression from Early Reading (Read, Write, Inc) to Whole Class Reading sessions in Phase 3. The journey to becoming a proficient reader starts in Nursery. We believe that a secure basis in reading skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society (be self-aware).

We believe that a quality Reading curriculum should also develop children’s love of writing and discussion (be articulate). We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often for pleasure, “magpieing” the skills of quality authors. We provide opportunities for reading for purpose and we encourage pupils choose books for themselves. We promote the status of reading by providing opportunities for children’s reading to be celebrated and acknowledged across school.

We encourage our pupils to love books, take care of books and experiment with their reading choice for purpose and for pleasure. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their achievements, can read clearly and accurately and with increasing pace and fluency from the Early Years. (be respectful).

Pupils at Jump Primary School will leave Year 6:

  • Reading with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • With a love or reading and a desire to read for enjoyment.
  • With an interest in words and their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms
  • Understanding a range of text types, media types and genres.
  • Using their developing imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • Having a suitable, technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.

EYFS and Key Stage One

Reading is taught through a multi-skilled approach in accordance with the expectations of the national curriculum. Within the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children are taught phonics using the Read, Write Inc programme (for more information follow this link http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-1-understanding-read-write-inc-phonics/). This provides our children with the building blocks to decode words and develop fluency when reading a range of texts. This approach also supports the reading of sight vocabulary and common exception words (those used most commonly in the English language).

From Key Stage 1, children also read daily through the use of the ‘ditty book’ within daily differentiated Read, Write, Inc lessons. The books that our children take home link to the sounds that they have been taught in lessons.


Individual Reading and reading at home

On a weekly basis, children read one-to-one to an adult in Reception and in KS1. In KS2, this progresses to paired reading with an adult every two weeks.

In the early years, our reading books are organised to reflect the sounds the children are learning in phonics. The book they take home is the one they have read in school to an adult – taking it home to re-read helps develop fluency, understanding and confidence. Children may also take home a book from our library areas to read with an adult purely for pleasure.


As children progress into Key Stage 2, more advanced reading skills are introduced, taught in both discrete and cross curricular ways. These include reading more complex forms of punctuation and considering the point of view of the author. Children take home just one book from the reading scheme as this will be more challenging.

Reading for Pleasure

We recommend that children are heard read as often as possible at home to further develop reading skills and reading a variety of books for pleasure. Once children have read, parents are encouraged to ask them questions about the text to check understanding and develop comprehension skills. As a school, we provide parents with ideas for questions to ask during reading at home, to help engage the children with their reading. The school has devised and implemented a ‘Reading Challenge’ across all year groups to encourage reading at home to take place regularly. Which certificate will your child achieve this year? 

In addition, children can choose a book from the ‘class library’ or the non-fiction library to develop the love of reading, wider knowledge and interests.

We love a reading challenge!

Update 2 

Final update

Whole Class Reading

In conjunction with individual reading, children also read as a class in Key Stage 2. During this time, children are able to share their thoughts and views on a range of text types and discuss key aspects of the texts.

Sessions take place in school from Year 2 upwards to define new and ambitious vocabulary, develop their ability to infer and deduce, understand the structure of different text types and gain an understanding of the author’s intent.

Reading is an essential skill and here at Jump, we are proud of how our children progress and achieve in this area.

Click below to find out some more information about our Reading/Phonics curriculum. 

Progression in Reading

Intent, Implementation and Impact information for Reading

Intent, Implementation and Impact information for Phonics

Read, Write, Inc Progression

End of Year Group Expectations

English Policy