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Reading at Eye


At Eye CE Primary School, we believe that all children should be actively encouraged to develop a love of reading to lead them onto a path of ‘lifetime reading’. It is a core educational entitlement in our curriculum offer that every child at Eye CE Primary School is exposed to a wide range of texts, experiences and reading opportunities to ensure that the application of reading skills are embedded.


At Eye C of E Primary School we encourage everyone to find a love of books and to embark on their reading journey.


In order to be successful in other areas of their learning, children need to be successful readers. Due to this, we encourage children to be reading at home at least 3 times each week. For EYFS - Year 4, this is recorded in the children's reading records that allow our teachers to track the number of reads that have been completed. For Years 5 and 6, reading is recorded in their 'class book tracker'. If children are reading 5 or more times in a week they receive a 'Reading Raffle Ticket' which gives them a chance to win a prize for their reading efforts. 


As well as reading at home, children have a range of opportunities for reading in school. We are privileged to have a range of adult volunteers who give up their time to read with children on a 1:1 basis. Children also take part in 'Talk for Reading' sessions (see more about this below). We hold a range of reading events throughout the year including author and poet visits, bedtime stories evening for our Foundation Stage children and exciting ways to celebrate World Book Day. 


Our school has a reading superhero named 'Bookman' who encourages the children to read regularly. He has many reading superpowers because he is always reading. Click on the link below to see more about Bookman!

Click on the link below to see our progression in reading document:

Talk for Reading


Talk for Reading is a whole-school approach to reading that we use here at Eye. It has been developed by Pie Corbett. Using Talk for Reading at Eye means that we have a clear and logical sequence for teaching reading across the school. The teachers use a 'Reading Comprehension Overview' document that helps them to identify what reading skills should be taught within a unit (alongside revising other reading skills). You can request to see this from Miss Reed if you wish. Most Talk for Reading units last for 2 weeks; occasionally, they last for 1 week (it depends on the length of a half term). 


The Talk for Reading approach to reading floats on a sea of reading for pleasure - something we promote and believe we do well here at Eye.


The Talk for Reading process is broken down for you below. This is what our teachers follow when planning a reading unit for our children:


1. Introduction - getting to know the text

In this phase, children access and read a text(s) with basic understanding. Lots of vocabulary work and initial responses are gathered here.


2. Investigation - deepen understanding

In this phase, children can read the text(s) with fluency and expression, understanding at a deeper level. Specific reading skills are taught within this stage. Lots of retrieval questions are used to do with the given text.


3. Independent application

In this phase, children will independently apply comprehension strategies learnt through a 'hot reading' activity. They should be able to apply the comprehension strategies learnt in other contexts too.


At Eye, Talk for Reading is supported with daily phonics/spelling teaching in all year groups, reading for pleasure and reading across the curriculum activities. Teachers model reading to children regularly. 


Book Bands


When a child begins school, they will be read with by an adult and given an appropriate colour reading book in line with their reading ability. As children become more confident and progress in their reading, they then will move through the book bands. Children should be changing their books regularly and their reading should be recorded in their reading record books. We are very fortunate at Eye to have a wealth of books (including fiction and non-fiction texts) for the children to enjoy. Children’s book band colour matches their phonic phase.


Here is a list of the colour book bands and the order in which they progress. 

Below you can see our book bands alongside their corresponding phonic phase.