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Reading at Orchard

At Orchard, reading is at the heart of everything we do! We aim to teach children to become confident, fluent readers, whilst also developing a love of books and an excitement about reading.

Reading Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement


Reading Progression 


The Teaching of Reading in Early Years and Key Stage 1

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children are taught to read using the Read Write Inc phonics programme alongside a range of reading strategies that help them to decode unfamiliar words. As children become more fluent in their reading, they are taught comprehension strategies which help to build the foundations for future learning. 


Children in Early Years begin with books that are linked to environmental sounds. Once they are taught the RWI set one sounds they take home the Set 1 sounds blending book or Ditty Sheet. Children who have been taught to blend take home RWI books that they have been reading in class, alongside RWI book bag books. 


The Teaching of Reading in Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, we build on the reading strategies and comprehension skills taught in Key stage 1. Children take part in daily Guided Reading lessons, which focus on a range of high-quality Fiction and Non-Fiction texts.

The reading strategies which are taught, modelled and practised are:


Every Guided Reading lesson focuses on at least one of the seven reading domains. The seven reading domains are as follows:


Children are given the opportunities to learn and practise skills linked to the reading domains in a wide variety of ways. Children are taught which reading strategies are most useful for each of the domains and have time to work independently; with a partner; in small groups and as a class.


How do we foster a love of reading at Orchard?

Orchard's Must Read Challenge

Every year, each class in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 embark on Orchard's Must Read Challenge. The children have the opportunity to choose from 60 carefully selected books to read in school and at home. Children have passports to stamp off the books they have read and can earn rewards along the way.

For reading their first book, children will receive a positive postcard.

After reading 5 books, children earn a Must Read wristband.

At 10, children earn their Bronze award. Children get a bronze badge to wear with their uniform and are presented with a certificate in assembly.

When they hit 15, children are rewarded with a personalised book mark.

At 25, children earn their Silver award. Children get a silver badge to wear with their uniform and are presented with a certificate in assembly.

Once they have worked their way through 35 Must Reads, children earn a Reading Challenge keyring for their bookbags.

Once the children have read 50 books, they earn their Gold award and receive a gold badge; a certificate in assembly and a £5 book voucher.

If anybody manages to read all 60 books for their year group, they receive a Reading Challenge trophy in assembly!


Reading Areas

Every classroom in school has an inviting reading area, full of a wide range of Fiction and Non-Fiction texts. Children are regularly given the opportunity to select texts from their class' reading area and spend time, getting comfy and reading their chosen book. Books in the reading areas are changed half-termly to match the children's interests; topics taught across the curriculum and wider world issues. Have a look at some of the wonderful reading areas across school:




Library Visits

 At Orchard, we are incredibly lucky to have an amazing library. Every class from Nursery to Year 6 has a bi-weekly library slot. In their library time, children choose and loan books and often stay to listen to a story.

"I love visiting the library. It's like our very own bookshop." 

Year 5 pupil



Reading Buddies

This year, a group of our Year 5 children are trained to be Reading Buddies. The role of a Reading Buddy is to excite the younger children about reading; share their favourite stories with them and support them with their own reading. Over the academic year, the Year 5 children are working with a group of Year 1s. One lunch time each week, the buddies pair up and enjoy spending time reading together.

The Year 5 children love their role as Reading Buddies and are super role models to the Year 1 pupils.


Teacher Read Alouds

All classes in school have at least 10 minutes, every day, to listen to their teacher read aloud. In Early Years and Year 1, children vote for which books they would like to hear on a daily basis. In Year 2 to Year 6, classes read a novel, which links to the wider curriculum or current global issues.



Teacher Class Swap Sessions

Every half-term the teachers swap classes and share a story with a different group of children. The teachers love swapping classes and getting to share some of their favourite texts with a new class. The children enjoy listening to their visiting teacher and are always really excited to find out who will be joining them next.


Reading Suitcases



In Reception, two children are chosen every week for their hard work and attitudes to learning. These children are rewarded with a reading suitcase for the weekend. Inside is a story book carefully chosen by the teacher; a sachet of hot chocolate and biscuit to enjoy whilst reading and a diary to create their very own book review.

The Reception children are thoroughly enjoying the reading suitcases and are all desperate to have their turn and find out what is inside!


Raffle Ticket Reading

Who doesn't love a bit of friendly competition?! In every classroom across school, children are rewarded for their effort and resilience within reading. When reading aloud to the class, 1:1 with an adult or in pairs, children can be rewarded for their effort, progress and enthusiasm. If an adult is particularly impressed they receive a raffle ticket, which goes into the class pot.  At the end of each half-term a winner from each class is chosen and they winners visit 'Darling Reads' in Horbury to choose a book of their own to take home and keep.