Our Approach to Teaching and Learning of Reading


Teaching of Reading

At Perryfields Infants we recognise that reading is a core life skill and we aim to foster a life long love of reading. We firmly agree with and whole heartedly promote the statement made in the 2014 National Curriculum; "Reading feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.”


We develop this reading culture throughout the school by creating stimulating and welcoming book areas in classrooms that offer a wide range of reading materials, attractive author themed book displays, a library that hosts a variety of books and interactive cross curricular displays that offer a print rich environment.

At Perryfields we use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme but also offer the children a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books that are colour coded according to their level of difficulty and decodable books linked to their current level of phonics learning. Each child has a yellow reading record for teachers, LSA’s and parents to communicate the progress each child is making with their reading. Children are encouraged to take books home and are given opportunities to change their books regularly. Alongside these colour banded books children have the opportunity to engage with a culturally rich and diverse range of books and reading material. We encourage children to also take home other fiction and non-fiction books from the library.

Everyday each class has a quiet reading session whereby all children read. During this time throughout the week each and every child reads to a teacher or learning support assistant.  "Pupils develop a great enjoyment for reading and use their basic understanding of the sounds letters make to tackle unfamiliar words and improve their spelling". Ofsted 2012 



We teach some of the skills needed for reading through synthetic phonics in which words are broken up into smaller units of sound (phonemes). Children are taught the letters (graphemes) that represent each phoneme and learn to blend them into words. A phoneme can be represented in one, two, three of four letters. Throughout the school each class delivers a short, discrete daily phonics session. At Perryfields we use a variety of documents to support the content of our teaching, such as ‘Letters and Sounds’ and resources from ‘Jolly Phonics’.  We teach phonics in a fun, exciting and multi sensory way. In year 1 each child takes part in the National Phonics Screening Check which was introduced by the government in 2012. Parents are informed if their child has met the expected level required to pass the screening check. Those children who do not meet the expected level for their age group are given extra support to do so in year 2. Alongside the teaching of phonics, we teach children to draw on a wide range of strategies for example picture cues, the context of the book and by learning to read a range of key words. We also have an emphasis on reading comprehension and encourage children to read for pleasure.   "Good progress in reading continues across the school and attainment is above average by the end of year 2. More pupils than previously are reaching higher levels and pupils show a great interest and enjoyment in books through reading the work of a new author each term.” Ofsted 2012 


Power of Reading

At Perryfields we are part of the ‘Power of Reading’ project. This is a whole school development project which engages teachers and children in the literacy curriculum with high quality books and creative teaching approaches. The main idea behind this project is to use high quality texts to support our creative, topic based approach to the curriculum. It aims to strengthen our reading for enjoyment culture and provide teachers with fresh, innovative teaching approaches to reading. This in turn supports children’s development in writing.

 "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables