Reading at Burton Green:

  • Daily Read Write Inc Phonics sessions from Reception to Year 2. 
  • Daily 30 minute Jane Considine Hooked on Books reading sessions in KS2.
  • Daily storytime sessions (EY/KS1 Talk through Stories/ KS2 whole class novel)
  • KS2 daily independent reading.
  • Once a week KS2 and KS1 reading buddies.
  • Once a week KS2 library session.
  • Reading is recorded in Home Reading Records and Class reading charts (every child reads at least 25 times a half term) certificates and wristbands are rewarded for bronze, silver and gold readers. 


Reading Environments:
Reading is at the heart of everything we do. We have recently revamped our school library and each classroom has a reading area with a variety of books. Each class has a dedicated time every day for the teacher to share a story. In Early Years and KS1 each class has a selection of core books which they regularly revisit. We use Read Write Inc Talk through Stories to support story time in EY and KS1 and we have a 10 minute daily vocabulary session linked to the previous week’s story. KS2 classes have a whole class novel (every child has a copy of the text) and they also read a selection of supporting texts including poetry, song lyrics, non-fiction and articles.

Jane Considine Hooked on Books:
In Key Stage 2, we follow Jane Considine’s Hooked on Books two week timetable with a daily 30 minute reading session. There are 3 types of lessons over the two week cycle:

Book talk – children work in groups to read a text at their reading level and develop verbal comprehension answers for questions linked to 3 lenses from the reading rainbow.

Demonstration Comprehension – the teacher uses a shared text to model how to answer questions linked to 3 of the lenses from the reading rainbow. 

Independent Comprehension – once a week children answer comprehension questions using the same lenses they focused on in the Demonstration Comprehension lesson.


We teach Phonics following Read Write Inc.

From the beginning of Reception until Year 2 phonics is taught daily in homogenous groups by members of staff trained in Read Write Inc.

Children take home phonetically decodable books that they have read in school and a matching book bag book to practice, they also borrow a picture book to share with adults at home. 

In Year 1 all children take a Phonics Screening Check. Children are assessed regularly each half term and Fast track Tutoring is used to ensure all children keep up.  

Some children in KS2 may still require daily phonics sessions and we use RWI Fresh Start sessions for any pupil in Year 5 and 6 that need it. 


Online Resources:
To support the teaching of reading in Early Years and Key Stage 1 we have a subscription to Read Write Inc Phonics ebook library where families can access the books that match their child’s phonetic knowledge and take a quiz. 

Key Stage 2 we use Accelerated Reader to support reading. Children are assessed every half term and given a ZPD reading level. Children choose books at their reading level from the school or class library and then complete an online quiz when they have finished to show their understanding of the book.


Parent Workshops:
Throughout the year we invite parents and carers to play and stay sessions in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

These include:

Family phonics sessions

Nursery Rhyme Week

Book Breakfasts


Meeting Authors:
In partnership with St Olaves, we have been lucky enough to meet some amazing authors. Our Key Stage 2 children have met Maz Evans, Robin Stevens and Tom Palmer.

The author James Nicols kindly came into school to donate some books for our library.

The whole school had a workshop with author and illustrator Rob Biddulph and he was kind enough to sign some copies of his books for us.

Check out our amazing Reading activities!

Fox Cubs have been enjoying the cosy reading chair a lot this week. Today we have especially enjoyed listening to poems on National Poetry Day. #BGReading #BGEYFS

We're getting so good at learning within our provision too! #BGExtra #BGscience #BGreading

We had lots of children reach Gold on our Reading Chart today. Just a couple more to go and we will all have read 25 times! #BGReading

Working hard in our groups to decide the true and false pirate facts for our non-chronological reports. Did you know that pirate ships often had bands on board? #BGwriting #BGReading

We had a great end to the week with Forest Schools and reading buddies. It was great to explore outside and to share stories with our friends in other classes again @BG_Foxes @BG_Owls #BGForestSchool #BGReading

We were so pleased in assembly this morning to hear the results of the extreme reading competition...
Two boys in our class were in the winning three! Thank you to all the amazing children (and talented parents!) that had a go! #BGreading 🥇🏅

We’ve been making Colour Monster puppets this afternoon! This is our story of the week and we love it! We’ve learned new vocabulary and have been using words like ‘calm’ and ‘peaceful’ to describe how we’re feeling 🦔 #BGPSCHE #BGReading

Very proud of our first bronze reader in Owls! 👏 Wonder who will be next for that wristband? #BGReading

Our first two BRONZE 🏅🏅🏅readers! We're hoping to be the first class to all get to gold! #BGreading #BGPhonics

Loads of reading involved while visiting Edinburgh Castle. Santiago enjoyed so much learning about the history of this amazing Castle! @BurtonG_Primary #BGreading

We’ve had some amazing entries for our Extreme Reading competition! Well done everyone, we are so proud of you. Mrs Atherton thought she’d join in the fun! I wonder if we can persuade any of the other staff members to join in too??!! 😂📖 #BGReading

Fantastic extreme reading #BGReading

Reading some instructions at Chinatown in Manchester 🌟🇨🇳㊗️🐉 #BGReading @BurtonG_Primary

What an amazing photo - well done #BGReading

We took our favourite book and went on a bear hunt we found a big one and it was a beautiful day.@BurtonG_Primary #BGReading

Seb enjoying a spot of reading during a visit to sunny Scarborough & then entertaining the @RNLI legends with a little story 🥰 @BurtonG_Primary #BGReading #SummerReadingChallenge

Reading in the Romans and Vikings forts! Also reading for some chicks 😍 #BGReading @BurtonG_Primary

Reading after his football lesson ❤️ #BGreading @BurtonG_Primary

Our Extreme Summer Reading Challenge has started. Remember to find the most unusual/amusing place to read, take a photo and tweet #BGReading
There are prizes in September 📕😊. We can’t wait to see these photos 📸

Even in provision we love @RuthMiskinEdu Read, Write Inc phonics 🐸 the children have been acting out their lessons, maybe they should teach tomorrow instead of Miss Harris! #BGReading 🦔

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