At Hextable Primary school we are passionate about developing children’s love for reading. We aim for all children to read independently, to develop understanding of what they have read and become engaged and motivated readers. 


Reading is taught in English lessons as well as group, guided reading sessions which take place daily.   These sessions provide children with access to a range of high quality texts. Teachers work with each group weekly on texts suitable for the reading skills of the children.  We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme for children’s levelled reading books and every classroom has an inviting reading area. Teachers read aloud to the class regularly in ‘story time’ sessions where a love of reading and shared enjoyment is evident through the sharing of high quality texts of various styles. 

Early Reading and Phonics

Phonics is at the heart of teaching children to become independent readers.  Children are explicitly taught the sounds related to each letter or combination of letters and learn how to apply this knowledge when reading.  Both the reading and spelling of tricky or exception words are also taught so that children are encouraged to recognise these words on sight. Teachers follow the Letters and Sounds systematic phonics programme.


Questions to ask your child Next time you read, try asking one of these...

Summarise the plot so far - What has happened in this chapter? Give me three facts that you have learned from this section. Discuss the character’s feelings and actions and try to empathise – Why has the character behaved in this way? What would you do in this situation? Make predictions about the characters and plot– What do you think will happen next? Why do you think this? What is your evidence? Discuss the layout and presentation of the text – Identify the subtitles/captions/quotes. Why is this section in italics/ bold/bullet points? What do the illustrations add to the page? Why is the information numbered? Encourage reading between the lines when ideas are not obviously stated – What does the text tell you about the writer’s point of view/attitude? Are there different layers of meaning?