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!

We ended the week with our very favourite thing - reading buddies! To top it off, we have also completed the reading chart first for the second half term in a row 🤩 #BGReading @BG_Hares @BG_Squirrels

In Grey group today we got to choose our first library book from the KS2 library! The children have worked really hard to improve their reading fluency and are now reading much longer books @BG_Squirrels #BGReading

Reading buddies was lovely yesterday, some of us read with our @BG_Squirrels friends in the library 🐿📖 #BGReading

We’ve had a great #pyjamaramaday We came to school in our pyjamas and started with a book breakfast. We then heard lots of stories throughout the day and finished reading with our friends from Badgers #BGReading #BGExtra

Before lunchtime four children selected their favourite book and we voted for the one we wanted to read. There was a clear winner with ‘Superworm’ gaining the most votes. #BGReading #BGExtra @BG_Hares

Then we made ourselves comfortable and read some books. It was a great way to start the day. Some of use got very comfortable and shared a book with our friends. #BGReading #BGExtra #pyjamaramaday

Today for #pyjamaramaday we came to school dressed in our pyjamas and we started our day by making ourselves some breakfast. #BGReading #BGExtra

We had a lovely time sharing stories with @BG_Owls this afternoon for #Pyjamaramaday #BGReading 🦉🦔

Mrs Gregson shared one of her favourite stories with us this afternoon. It was so lovely sitting in the library listening to a story! 📚🦉 #BGReading #pyjamaramaday

We got to spend time in @BG_Hedgehogs this afternoon and we shared lots of different stories with each other. #BGReading #pyjamaramaday 🦉🦔📚

To top it all off, we have finished the reading chart and are this terms reading champions! 🏆 🌟#BGReading

This afternoon we got to spend time with our friends in @BG_Hares and @BG_Squirrels for reading buddies 📖 #BGReading #PyjamaramaDay

We then went into the library and shared stories with our friends #BGReading #PyjamaramaDay

#PyjamaramaDay has been so much fun! We started off with a book breakfast and a reading puzzle #BGReading

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