“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss.


At Benton Dene Primary School reading is given the highest priority; it is vital in order for children to become independent learners and achieve in all areas of the curriculum. We want children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers, who know the importance of reading as a life-long skill in the wider world, but also appreciate the value of reading for pleasure.


Reading is taught through a variety of means.


  • Each class has daily independent reading sessions;
  • Phonics is taught regularly from EYFS up to Year 2 using the Read Write Inc scheme;
  • English units of work are based around a challenging and engaging core text as outlined in the whole school overview;
  • Comprehension skills are developed through Reading Vipers (vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve);
  • Reading skills are applied across the curriculum;
  • Selected key stories and class novels are shared at the end of each day in class;
  • Special reading events such as ‘Roald Dahl Day’ and ‘World Book Day’, storytelling sessions, resident author Professor Sally Brown (fondly known as Granny Sally to the pupils), and regular reading competitions;
  • One to one with teaching staff and volunteer reader helpers;
  • Reading intervention sessions including bespoke dyslexia programmes;
  • Reading is assessed regularly by staff through RWI assessments and Accelerated Reader scores. Reading is formally assessed from Y1 to Y6 through testing each term.


Home Reading


It is vital that children practise their reading at home by being heard by an adult or older sibling. This is just as important for older children who are decoding texts fluently – they may be able to read the words, but they also need opportunities to discuss the meaning of the texts they are reading as often as possible.


KS2: Children take home an Accelerated Reader (a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading while promoting reading for pleasure) book of their choice from within their ZPD range, a library book and a reading record/diary. Teachers and teaching assistants ensure that the level of the book the child takes home is appropriate for their current level, is recorded and monitored to ensure individual progress. Children and staff ensure that books read are understood and at an appropriate level through the completion of a unique Accelerated Reader quiz for each book. Class teachers monitor the amount children are reading at home and encourage children to read each day. School staff encourage children to read a wide range of authors and text types which they find in everyday life, as well as books. 


Reading Plus: Children from Y4 to Y6 access Reading Plus. This is an online adaptive reading programme that integrates comprehension, vocabulary and reading efficiency. The programme includes a vast range of subject content to suit children’s interests and certificates and challenges motivate children to increase their reading miles.


Foundation Stage and KS1: For younger children, little and often is most effective; learning to read is a hard and tiring process to begin with. Parents should read with their child each day. Children will take home a Read Write Inc (RWI) reading book based on their current phonic level. Parents should sign the reading diary to inform the teacher about what has been read. Once children have completed the RWI programme they move onto the Accelerated Reader scheme of books.