Reading and Phonics

What does reading look like at Dore Primary School?

Reading is a high priority at Dore Primary School, it is woven into every lesson. Children recognise that reading is essential in all that we do, whether we are choosing what to have from the lunch menu or pondering the morning maths challenge; our children are reading to understand the world around them.

Early Reading and Phonics

All children in Foundation Stage and KS1 have a daily phonics lesson. At Dore Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’, this is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme.

Click here to find out more about our phonics programme including videos demonstrating how we teach key elements of reading and information about books which children take home.

Click the links below for further information about Phonics and Early Reading at Dore Primary School:

Our Phonics, Early Reading and Reading Policy

Phonics Programme Overview for Reception and Year 1

Pronunciation guide 1, Pronunciation guide 2

Glossary

Reading Practice Sessions

As well as the daily phonics lesson, we teach children to read through reading practice sessions either in a group or 1:1 in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. These:

  • are taught by a fully trained adult familiar to your child (usually the class teacher or TA)
  • use books matched to the children’s secure phonic knowledge.

Each reading practice session has a clear focus, so that the demands of the session do not overload the children’s working memory. The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on three key reading skills:

    • decoding
    • prosody: teaching children to read with understanding and expression
    • comprehension: teaching children to understand the text.

In Year 3 and above, we continue to teach reading in this way for any children who still need to practise reading with decodable books.

Book Study

Children in KS2 benefit greatly from participating in Book Study. This is time for children to sit back and enjoy listening to a teacher read a rich and powerful text. Teachers are experts at reading these texts in a way to entice children into the story and leave them wanting more. Then together, as a class, children study and analyse snippets of the text, all learning and reflecting together.

Reading Spines

We love reading at Dore Primary and want all children to share in the fun, so we have handpicked 9 books for each year group. We call this our ‘Reading Spine’. We know sharing and discussing high-quality books binds our community together.

We have copies of the books for our year each year group in our reading corners. You may also want to enjoy them at home by purchasing them or borrowing them from a library. There is a picture of each book in each child’s Reading Log. Children can read the book at home or school and then rate each book. If your child reads one of them at school, it would be great if you could ask them some questions about the book.

Promoting a Love of Reading

We are passionate about promoting a love of reading at Dore Primary School. Here are just some of the extras we do to provide children with opportunities to enjoy reading:

  • Story time for all classes every day
  • World Book Day
  • Book Fairs
  • First News (newspaper) delivered to Y2 – Y6 classrooms
  • Access to our school library
  • Reading corners in every classroom
  • Story Sacks for Foundation Stage
  • Mystery Reader – parents invited in to share their favourite book

Statutory Phonics Screening Check Data

  • In 2022 95% of Y1s passed the phonic screening check and 97% of pupils had passed this check by the end of KS1.

 

Reading News:

  • Reading for Pleasure Challenge Winners

    A huge well done to everyone who participated in our reading for pleasure challenges this half term, we were blown away by how much awesome reading took place across the school, and by how creative and resourceful the children have been in completing the different activities. From exciting new book covers, to whole stories written […]
  • English

    The children did a great job today as fantastic readers, spotting split digraphs in the text and working together to find answers in the text. They had to be really resilient. They also had great fun challenging each other on their tricky words.
  • Dore Primary Reading Challenge 2022!

    A HUGE well done to everybody who has been having a go at completing the reading challenges since half term. So many children have shared their awesome reading experiences so far and we can’t wait to celebrate how many children have managed to complete them all! You’ve got until the last week of term (deadline […]
  • Y2 J-G World Book Day

  • World Book Day 2022

    We have had a fabulous day celebrating World Book Day, escpecially how books can reflect our own lives but also show us exciting different cultures. Many of the wonderful new books recently delivered to classrooms, The Book Jungle in Infants and The Magical World of Books in KS2 celebrate the diversity of the world. We […]
  • World Book Day

  • Celebrating World Book Day With Y5

    The Y5 classrooms were a mass of excited and well-dressed characters this morning, as the children showed off their amazing WBD costumes! There were a wide range of outfits from a great range of stimulating and exciting books! The children began the day with a whole-school assembly from Mrs Glossop, before sharing their costumes and […]
  • World Book Day 2022

    What a wonderful day the Year 1s have had. Well done everybody for such an amazing effort! We were so lucky to read with the Y5s and produced some lovely writing based on the book ‘We’re going on a lion hunt’ by David Axtell.
  • DPS in the News

    The recent opening of The Book Jungle and The Magical World of Books has been featured in the Star newspaper! While I was reading, I spotted that the brillinant Y4 Basketball team winners were there in the paper too!
  • The Book Jungle and The Magical World of Books are OPEN!

    Dore Primary has always had a passion for reading for pleasure; our children enjoy books at school and at home, many being avid readers from an early age.  The two newly refurbished  rooms are the latest way for children to develop their love of reading and books further. A huge collaborative effort has resulted in […]
  • Y4 Creative Writing – Portal Stories

    Over several weeks, our creative Y4s produced their own portal stories. We looked at some great examples for inspiration, including The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Journey, and The Phantom Tollbooth, discovering that many of these stories start with a child living a boring life. We wrote this part of our stories, then found […]
  • Y4 The SpiDOREwick Chronicles

    To get our lovely new classes settled into Y4, we used the ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ as the inspiration for our first couple weeks of learning. We used the story for book study, then investigated the mysterious creatures you can find when you gain ‘the sight’ (the ability to see into the invisible world of faeries). To […]

Reading for Pleasure Challenge Winners

A huge well done to everyone who participated in our reading for pleasure challenges this half term, we were blown away by how much awesome reading took place across the school, and by how creative and resourceful the children have been in completing the different activities. From exciting new book covers, to whole stories written […]

English

The children did a great job today as fantastic readers, spotting split digraphs in the text and working together to find answers in the text. They had to be really resilient. They also had great fun challenging each other on their tricky words.

Dore Primary Reading Challenge 2022!

A HUGE well done to everybody who has been having a go at completing the reading challenges since half term. So many children have shared their awesome reading experiences so far and we can’t wait to celebrate how many children have managed to complete them all! You’ve got until the last week of term (deadline […]

Y2 J-G World Book Day

World Book Day 2022

We have had a fabulous day celebrating World Book Day, escpecially how books can reflect our own lives but also show us exciting different cultures. Many of the wonderful new books recently delivered to classrooms, The Book Jungle in Infants and The Magical World of Books in KS2 celebrate the diversity of the world. We […]

World Book Day

The Y2s and the Y6s enjoyed sharing books together.

Celebrating World Book Day With Y5

The Y5 classrooms were a mass of excited and well-dressed characters this morning, as the children showed off their amazing WBD costumes! There were a wide range of outfits from a great range of stimulating and exciting books! The children began the day with a whole-school assembly from Mrs Glossop, before sharing their costumes and […]

World Book Day 2022

What a wonderful day the Year 1s have had. Well done everybody for such an amazing effort! We were so lucky to read with the Y5s and produced some lovely writing based on the book ‘We’re going on a lion hunt’ by David Axtell.

DPS in the News

The recent opening of The Book Jungle and The Magical World of Books has been featured in the Star newspaper! While I was reading, I spotted that the brillinant Y4 Basketball team winners were there in the paper too!

The Book Jungle and The Magical World of Books are OPEN!

Dore Primary has always had a passion for reading for pleasure; our children enjoy books at school and at home, many being avid readers from an early age.  The two newly refurbished  rooms are the latest way for children to develop their love of reading and books further. A huge collaborative effort has resulted in […]

Y4 Creative Writing – Portal Stories

Over several weeks, our creative Y4s produced their own portal stories. We looked at some great examples for inspiration, including The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Journey, and The Phantom Tollbooth, discovering that many of these stories start with a child living a boring life. We wrote this part of our stories, then found […]

Y4 The SpiDOREwick Chronicles

To get our lovely new classes settled into Y4, we used the ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ as the inspiration for our first couple weeks of learning. We used the story for book study, then investigated the mysterious creatures you can find when you gain ‘the sight’ (the ability to see into the invisible world of faeries). To […]