Reading at Edith Cavell

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Reading and stories sits at the very heart of our curriculum because our staff know that a child’s ability to read is one of the most important skills we can teach them.

We also LOVE reading to children or reading with children. It’s so important that children hear books read aloud at home and at school. Our ECAN bookshelf blog has recommendations of books as well as some recordings of teachers reading: Find it here!  Also look out for our Reading Newsletters and the School Reading Challenges - and have fun reading!

Teaching Reading

We begin teaching phonics in Nursery and Reception; children are taught to recognise the distinct sounds (or phonemes) that go together to make up words.  Children learn to read by sounding out the individual phonemes in a word and then blending them to read a whole word.  Through our daily teaching children quickly gain confidence to tackle unfamiliar words. Alongside our teaching of phonics we also teach the children ‘tricky words’ - these are words that cannot be sounded out.

In Year 1 children take the National Phonics Screening Check in June. This involves working 1:1 with an adult (usually their class teacher) to sound out and blend a selection of real and ‘alien’ words. We run parent workshops to support parents in understanding what this entails and to look at samples of the test materials.


Children progress through the book bands in our reading schemes and home reading can be accessed through Active Learn’s Bug Club: ActiveLearn: Login In the early stages teachers will select books that are well matched to the phonemes that have been taught in class.

Once children become more fluent readers we encourage them to expand their repertoire of books; teachers will recommend pupils to try specific genres or authors never giving up on those reluctant readers! We often tell any pupil that says they don’t like reading - “There is a book for everyone out there,” and we’ll make it our mission to help them find theirs!

If any parent is struggling with a reluctant reader at home, please speak to your child’s teacher, or our reading lead or any member of the leadership team. We are here to help!