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Below are just some of the ways we teach reading and support children's development of reading throughout Lower Key Stage 2.

Shared reading sessions.

The teacher models the reading process to the whole class as an expert reader, providing a high level of support. The learner readers join in where appropriate with the reading of the enlarged text – singly and/or chorally. The texts selected are rich and challenging, being beyond the current reading ability of the majority of the class. 

Guided reading sessions led by a member of staff.

The responsibility for reading shifts to the learner. The teacher structures all reading tasks with children, who are grouped by ability. They are required to read and respond to the text themselves with the teacher supporting. Texts of graded difficulty are carefully chosen and matched to the reading ability of the group.

Independent reading.

During independent reading, children take responsibility for selecting and reading a variety of texts including fiction, poetry and non-fiction from library books, games, activities, book tapes, talking books, webpages, print and text around the school, etc. The child should be able to read these texts readily and comprehend them with little or no teacher or adult support. The focus for the reading is to provide practise and to develop personal response to text.

Story time, including poetry.

Children will be exposed to high quality literature on a regular basis during story time. The teachers will ensure a balance of genres is covered over the year encouraging an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage. Each Key Stage has a 'Literacy Spine' of high quality books to be read with the children over the course of the year.

Lower Key Stage 2 Literacy Spine

Year A

Year B

Classic Story

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1 –Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce



Varjak’s Paw by S F Said



Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce


Charlotte’s Web by E B White



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl



The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess by Julia Jarman


Myth and Legend

Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo



George and the Dragon by Christopher Wormell


The Wings of Icarus by Jenny Oldfield

Traditional Story

Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp by Philip Pullman


The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman



Daffodils by William Wordsworth

Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Tennyson



Reading with individual children and reading scheme books to read at home.

During reading time we will continue to assess the child’s decoding, understanding and fluency, changing books as appropriate. As with Key Stage 1, if a child is making good progress it is not essential to complete each book in a levelled box before staff assess that it is time to change a set, and some phases may be skipped should the teacher feel it is appropriate. Children assessed as being competent readers are encouraged to independently select books of their choice as their reading book, either from the class library or the school library. Guided reading sessions involve small group activities, some led by adults, some independent. These tasks support children in hearing, reading and discussing a wide range of high quality books.