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At Hightown we want children to develop a love of reading.  

We have a structured approach to the teaching of reading which aims to develop confident readers who enjoy reading a wide range of texts.


In the early stages, phonics is taught to help children develop decoding skills so that they can quickly learn to read books independently. Phonics is taught using Letters & Sounds. Children are grouped according to their ability to ensure that learning and progression is at an appropriate level. Phonics is taught through a mixture of interactive games, puzzles, reading, rhymes, actions, letter formation & writing. 


Alongside the teaching of phonics, we share books across school as a class, in groups and individually. We work with children to develop their understanding of texts through comprehension activities and have recently introduced 'Reading Vipers' to focus on the key areas of comprehension. All year groups visit the school library and we encourage pupils to take school library books home alongside individual reading books.


Children are supported across school to develop their reading skills and the level of support given depends on the needs of each child. We use programmes such as Project X as well as children being supported by our volunteer 'Reading Friends'. 


Parental support is crucial in the development of a child's reading ability. We love to read your comments in reading diaries. These pages will give you ideas as to how you can support your child at home. 


Reading Vipers

At Hightown we have taken a new approach to developing reading across school.  We have launched the Literacy Shed's 'Reading Vipers'.  The Reading Vipers approach will help develop key comprehension skills which will enable us to become successful readers.  Each of the letters stand for one of the key areas of learning:

V - vocabulary

I - infer

P - predict

E - explain

R - retrieve

S - sequence (KS1) summarise (KS2)

Below is a link to the Literacy Shed website where there is a set of example comprehension questions that can be used when readking with your child at home.  There is a booklet for Key Stage 1 children (Classes 1 & 2) and one for Key Stage 2 children (Classes 3-4).


Enjoy reading with your child!


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