The most important thing about Reading is opening up a new world

It connects us with the wider world

It deepens our imagination

It builds empathy

It embeds language

And it fosters a lifelong love of literature

But the most important thing about Reading is opening up a new world

We aim to create fluent readers who will monitor their understanding of what they are reading and review the text when something does not make sense.

As soon as children begin their school journey we encourage and foster a love of reading and listening to stories. In our Reception class we have a dedicated ‘reading time’ every day for children to look at and enjoy the wide range of fiction and non-fiction books we have in class. Reading books begin to be taken home during the first term and are changed during the week. We practise the skill of reading with individuals, small groups and with the whole class. Our reading books are arranged to align with each phase of our phonics teaching. In KS1 Guided reading is carried out daily in small groups allowing group discussion and close monitoring of reading progression by the class teacher. They are taught explicit skills to allow them to be successful readers as they enter KS2. In KS2 whole-class guided reading allows for pupils to be explicitly taught strategies including inference, questioning, clarifying, summarising, and prediction and activating prior knowledge. The pupils use these strategies to check how well they comprehend what they have read, and overcome barriers to comprehension. Whole class guided reading enables challenge at all levels for children through the exposure to more complex texts. Pupils develop skills in skimming and scanning, forming opinions, thinking aloud, asking questions, getting the gist, connecting to prior knowledge, inference and prediction. These skills are applied by the pupils with increased independence when interacting with texts across all curriculum areas. Pupils are exposed to a rich and varied reading culture which helps them develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Phonics is taught throughout Reception and KS1 using the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds schemes, which ensure systematic coverage and progression. Children start phonics when they join our Reception class. Phonics is taught daily in class focusing on children’s recognition of the letter sounds and how to read and write these.
In Key Stage 1 children may be taught in smaller groups, led either by the class teacher or by trained learning support staff. The children are assessed regularly to ensure that they are in the appropriate group for supporting and extending their individual needs. Year 1 children take part in statutory Phonics Screening during the summer term, and parents are informed of their child’s achievement at the end of the school year. The national curriculum is used to form the basis for the teaching of spelling from Year 2 upwards.

EYFS use Jolly Phonics and the Letters and Sounds programme as an introduction to phonics. Please click link below:

An Introduction to Phonics at Ashton Keynes Primary

Years 1 & 2 use LCP Phonics and  the Letters and Sounds programme.

Phonics progression

KS1 use a range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Osbourne Phonics Readers.

Please click the following links for information on the following:

Guide to reading at AKPS

Reading progression

Reading Reflections

Must read books before you leave AK


Book Reviews/Recommendations

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Take a look at some photo’s of our fantastic reading corridor;










Our Outdoor learning area;




World Book Day 2017- Team AK all became Where’s Wally – Click here to read more

As part of the World Book Event and our on-going commitment to promoting reading in our school, we were visited by John Dougherty on Tuesday (28th Feb 2017). Every class got to work with John and at the end he did a special assembly for children, staff and parents/carers. The children were literally laughing out loud at John’s retelling of his ‘Stink Bomb’ and ‘Ketchup Face’ stories and his hilarious songs. He spent quality time with each child who had ordered a book during the book signing and again after school. The children were excited, engaged and inspired by his visit. Photographs will go in our reading corridor.

Further to this our reading pupil leaders from across the school have been working really hard to promote visits to the library and rewarding children with bookmarks for visiting the library and using it so well every lunchtime. The reading pupil leaders have been running the library every day and the reading area in our outdoor classroom, thank you for taking on this responsibility so well.

Mrs Saville