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Hindhayes Infant School


Reading For Pleasure Provision Map

This document is subject to change as we continue to work as a school on curriculum development.

Recent research shows us that: 

Bold Beginnings 2017 :Key findings in the most successful schools: “Story time was a valued part of the daily routine.” “Staff understood that sharing stories, alongside the teaching of phonics, formed the foundation of reading comprehension. As well as tuning in children’s ears to the structures and patterns of stories, the teacher’s retelling provided an opportunity to model fluency, expression and enjoyment. Importantly, reading is the context in which the typical Reception child encounters new vocabulary.”


EEF Improving Literacy at Key Stage 1: Recommendation 2: Both decoding (the ability to translate written words into the sounds of spoken language) and comprehension (the ability to understand the meaning of the language being read) skills are necessary for confident and competent reading, but neither is sufficient on its own. Children will need a range of wider language and literacy experiences to develop their understanding of written texts in all their forms. This should include active engagement with different media and genres of texts and a wide range of content topics.

Reading Comprehension – Reading for pleasure at Hindhayes  Under the trees with a veranda, bean bags and reading nooks sits our school library which the children borrow books from on a weekly basis. Children are encouraged to choose books that interest them from non-fiction to traditional tales, well loved classics and poems and rhymes. Local links with the library are strong with the English lead volunteering through the summer to promote the reading challenge. Tea, toast and reading daily before school, provides children with the opportunity to share a new or well-loved classic story with an adult. Story time online promoted through the schools Facebook page encourages children to listen to stories retold by the English lead and her family. Vulnerable children are part of the book shelf project through the year to enable them to stock their own book shelf with 18 books by the time they leave school. Story time is well established across the school with children in reception listening to up to and beyond three stories most days and older children enjoying longer reads through chapter books as well as returning to well-loved classics. Bedtime stories, dressing up days, poem of the week and Wow box days all encourage children to remember that books are to be enjoyed and to develop a life-long love of reading.

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