Why reading is important

At Foxfield we believe reading underpins success across all aspects of the curriculum. Through developing oracy and book talk alongside the basic skills of decoding, children’s ability to learn new language effectively develops alongside their reading attainment. Through accessing carefully selected rich texts that are both read and read aloud; our children have multiple exposures to vocabulary and second tier words. Fluency, comprehension and pleasure are the core values in our approach to developing successful readers. As a result, we create life long learners who will take their love of reading to the next stage of their education.

How we teach reading

  • In Early Years and Key Stage One, reading is taught alongside phonics. After a phonics lesson, children across Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 apply their phonics knowledge by reading a fully matched decodable book.
  • These daily sessions are up to 25 minutes long
  • There are approximately 6 children in a group and the teacher reads with one group daily - this is called conferencing.
  • Children have extra support where appropriate with a trained adult, with the focus being on ‘keep up not catch up’
  • The focus in Reception & Key Stage 1 is on reading strategies of fluency, decoding and blending.
  • Books selected by the teacher show cumulative progress according to the sounds the child has been taught that half term.
  • Books have fidelity to the Big Cat Phonics scheme to avoid a mismatch and muddle of a range of approaches.
  • The reading sessions follow the model set out in Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.
  • In the reception classes, reading sessions start as soon as they have settled in. For children who are not yet decoding, blending remains a focus until Christmas.
  • Children take home books matched to their ability from the same reading scheme used in class. Children are able to self - select books and can speak well about which books they choose and why.


Reading for pleasure at Foxfield

Every child at Foxfield will have...·        


  • Access to a global curriculum based on a core text approach, where topics are taught through high quality books with relatable themes and protagonists that excite and motivate them.
  • Dedicated time each day where an adult will read aloud to them from a carefully selected Inspire Reading Canon, aimed to build on their cultural capital.
  •  Daily opportunities to read to adults and peers in the classroom. These sessions are prioritised to the first lesson of the day.
  • Daily opportunities to engage in quality book talk.
  • An engaging, clearly labelled, tidy book corner in their classroom with a range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • An author focus box in their book corner – to develop a growing taste and preference for certain styles.
  • Some children have opportunity to participate in a book club, based in our library spaces – time dedicated to enjoy books and engage in book talk.
  • A book shed available in their playground so that children can access books throughout their playtimes.


  • Participation in World Book Week dress up and enrichment events such as author visits and storytelling.
  • Regular author/ storyteller visits- every child will access at least one author event per year, in addition to World Book Day
  • A book fair every term- children are timetabled in for browsing sessions. This is also a family participation event
  • A visit to the local library every term.


  • A termly reading open morning where parents will join their child in a phonics and reading modelled lesson.
  • A regular reading open morning where parents can join their child and share a book together.
  • A termly reading breakfast with family participation
  • Trips to the local library with books read by authors, poets and storytellers.