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Plaistow Primary School

Teaching of Reading

At Plaistow Primary School, reading begins with encouraging a love of books. We have therefore chosen to place beautiful high quality texts at the heart of our curriculum. 

At Plaistow Primary, we aim to develop a love and appreciation of reading which will stay with our children for life. We use high-quality reading materials within our lessons, and provide a breadth and range of texts across the school. We want our children to engage with the texts they read, opening doors to other worlds yet connecting with their own lives and experiences. 

Reading at Plaistow Primary is taught using a balanced and engaging approach, which integrates both decoding and comprehension skills. We ensure that specific teaching and modelling of strategies for developing children’s reading comprehension are introduced at the very beginning of their reading journey. Reading lessons at Plaistow Primary encourage and develop the skills needed for our children to discover books for themselves. 

Talk is woven through all of our lessons so that our children are active learners and have the opportunity to fully internalise what they are learning whilst deepening their understanding. 

Progression in Reading - Plaistow Primary School

Teaching of Reading at Plaistow Primary

A typical reading lesson is taught as a whole class. We start to explore a text, sharing books together. Through modelling, thinking aloud, discussion and questioning we delve deeper, using our reading strategies to help us. We encourage children to practise their reading skills and use strategies to help further understanding and enhance enjoyment reading.

We use flexible, mixed-attainment grouping structures to help meet the needs of each child. This allows children to work with a variety of peers depending on the planned learning outcome. A range of whole-class, small group, partner or individual learning opportunities are planned so that teachers can work with our children in a variety of ways to support their reading and understanding. 

Our Reading Strategies

We teach reading skills through the use of our Plaistow Reading Crew: Super Decoder, Rex the Retriever, Inspector Inference and Aisha the Author.  All of our reading strategies fit within these characters and are taught explicitly to our children.


We are proud of our Reading Crew. Our children collaborated to develop their design. The Reading Crew was designed FOR our school BY our children!

Recording Learning 

We record our learning in group workbooks . This helps teachers with formative assessments and allows us to take a creative approach to reading sessions. 

Reading Walls 

In our classrooms you will see a reading wall which displays the learning linked to the current book the children are reading. This will have a collection of key vocabulary along with our thoughts and responses to the books we are reading. 

Reading for Pleasure 

We expect children to read at home everyday. We ask children to log their reading in their reading records. Each classroom has an inviting reading area where children can select books they would like to read and take home to share with their family. 

Children in Key Stage 1 and EYFS also take home a phonically decodable book which is matched to their phonics level which will support them with their reading journey. 

Celebrating Reading at Plaistow 

A Reader of the Week is chosen from every class to celebrate their reading achievements. Each week one winner chooses a book from our reading bookcase to take home.