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At New Horizons Primary School we believe that the ability to read is fundamental to our children’s development as independent learners. It is our intent to ensure, that by the end of their primary education, all children are able to read fluently and effectively in any subject. We want our children to develop a love of reading and understand that reading allows them to discover new knowledge and also fuels their imagination.

We have a structured approach to the teaching of reading and aim to develop confident readers who enjoy a wide range of texts. Children share books as a class, in groups and individually.


Guided Reading (Group Reading)

Guided reading is our main method of teaching reading at Key Stage 1. This is an instructional approach that involves the teacher or learning support assistant working with a small group of children who demonstrate similar reading behaviours and can read similar levels of text. The children enjoy a daily guided reading session so over the week every child will have had some quality reading time with the teacher or learning support assistant. Groups not reading with an adult will complete reading and writing activities.


Book Talk (Whole Class Reading)

At Key Stage 2 we mainly use a whole class reading approach which we call ‘Book Talk’. In ‘Book Talk’ sessions you will find our children reading by themselves, reading with a partner, reading as a whole class or listening to the class teacher model reading. We teach reading using a reciprocal approach because we feel that getting children to discuss what they are reading is vital. Thinking, talking and re-evaluating ideas on the text is crucial to deepening each individual’s understanding, and therefore enjoyment of the text. To maximise their opportunity for discussion the children use the key reading prompts to support them with their discussions and understanding of the key skills needed. Opportunities to explore language is a priority in every lesson.Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the page

Our reciprocal reading prompts

Home/School Reading

Learning to read is one of the most important developmental achievements of childhood, and it sets the stage for later school and life success. As with anything, performance improves with practise. We provide lots of opportunity for reading in school but you can help by encouraging your child to practise at home too. It is very important that children practises their reading at home and research recommends that children should read at home for at least 20 minutes everyday. To encourage children to read at home, we have a whole school reading reward scheme. At the beginning of every year all children receive a new reading passport. Throughout the year they can collect stickers on the back of their reading passport as they complete their reading. When all the stickers have been collected the child gets a prize in assembly so it is a public celebration of reading. During the year they can complete three passports and get different prize for each passport.


Home/School Reading Key Stage 1

At Early Years and Key Stage 1 our school has a colour banded reading scheme which provides the children with the opportunity to read from a range of texts and a mixture of reading schemes. The individual reading books are sorted into their book band colours and have a coloured sticker indicating the book band level. The children progress through the book bands and are regularly assessed to ensure that they are reading at the right level. The children have the opportunity to change their individual reading book on a daily basis.


Home/School Reading Key Stage 2

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Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer-based program that helps teachers to monitor children’s reading comprehension skills and guide reading choices to ensure children are reading books that support the development of their reading skills. Every child taking part in AR will complete a STAR reading test several times throughout the year. It is a twenty minute multiple choice reading assessment completed individually on the computer. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses so if their response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If they miss a question or give an incorrect answer, the difficulty level is reduced. The STAR reading test, along with teacher judgement assists us in identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) range. The range aims to challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Your child will choose a book within their ZPD and read it at their own pace. When finished, they will take a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood the book. AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practise. AR is used as part of a comprehensive reading programme in place at New Horizons Primary School. While we continue to teach the skills of reading in class through Book Talk, the AR books chosen by your child will provide them with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have developed.



At New Horizons Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds document to ensure progression across the school. Alongside this we use Jolly phonics to ensure a multi-sensory approach when learning new phonemes. Phonics is taught for a discrete period of 20 minutes daily. Children are taught in class or mixed ability groups. For more information please go to: