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Reading is at the heart of our schoolOur inspiring reading curriculum establishes an appreciation and love of reading. Attractive and engaging reading areas in every classroom bring high quality books alive for children, so that they can immerse themselves in reading.  Through well planned and sequenced lessons, children learn the essential reading knowledge and skills that they need for life.  There are many opportunities for reading throughout the school day which include:

  • Individual reading – one adult reading with one child
  • Guided reading – one adult reading with a group where everyone has the same book
  • Shared reading – one adult reading one big text large enough for everyone to see with a class
  • ‘ERIS’ time – Everyone Reading in School
  • Story time with their teacher

Children are encouraged to read widely and often.  Children have daily opportunities for shared reading. Every child has at least one guided reading session a week and often two or more. Children are expected to read at home: they have a home-school reading diary in which to record their reading, can borrow school books to take home, or read their own. When children need extra support we provide additional reading in school.

At Carterknowle we know that children are readers when they read through choice, for pleasure. Research carried out for The Reading Agency has found that there is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others and improve wellbeing throughout life.  We help and support children to learn the skills they need to achieve this, by having ‘reading for pleasure’ sessions built into our curriculum, visiting Ecclesall library, providing books for all the curriculum subjects and having special book events, such as celebrating World Book Day.

‘Reading books is the only out-of-school activity for 16-year-olds that is linked to getting a managerial or professional job in later life,’ University of Oxford 2011.

Synthetic Phonics

Synthethic phonics is learning about sounds and then synthesizing them together to make words. Most children are able to do this well when they start at Carterknowle. For the few that find phonics tricky, extra support in small groups is provided.  Phonics is taught progressively, in a fun way that everyone can enjoy.  Children are provided with phonetically decodeable books to help them read independently.

We use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. More information can be found at:

English Curriculum Y3 & Y4
English Curriculum Y5 & Y6
Reading At Carterknowle
Suggested Reading
Literacy presentation KS2