Granby Primary School


Reading at Granby

Here at Granby Primary School we aim to ensure children read fluently and with confidence, fostering a love of reading. Linked with the Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC), Foundation Stage and Key Stage One teachers have been trained on teaching shared and guided reading that encourages children to use a range of reading strategies and answer questions about the text.

Children in Nursery & Reception access stories through daily stories and rhymes as well as having access to familiar books in the provision. From Reception upwards, children take part in at least one guided reading session a week along with opportunities to read 1:1 with various adults such as class teachers, assistant teachers and reading volunteers.

Books are fully decodable from Reception through to Year 2 and are closely linked to our phonics progression.  

Towards the end of Year 2 and moving into Key Stage Two, the children work through the coloured book bands where they are expected to confidently read with 95% accuracy & fluency. We use a range of books to meet the needs and interests of all our pupils such as Collins Big Cat and Project X. Once children are confident and fluent they are exposed to a wide variety of texts and are supported to develop the higher order skills of inference and deduction. Children in Years 5 & 6 move on to Accelerated Reader which monitors their word count and understanding of texts through Star Reader Tests. This provides the children with a reading range to independently choose books from. The ’Most Improved’ reader from each class is celebrated at the end of each half term and awarded a book.

We are lucky enough to be a part of the WiT (Whatever it takes) initiative to get every child in Leicester reading. This allows us to take part in:

  • Author Week on Tour
  • Our Brilliant Book Club (Year 5)
  • Our Best Picture Book (Year 2)
  • Our Best Book (Years 1, 3, 4 & 6)

Reading Interventions

For some children at Granby, extra support with reading may be required. We have a number of interventions that take place throughout the school to support the development of reading. These include:

  • Precision teach
  • Extra phonic sessions in smaller groups
  • BRWP
  • Dyslexia Gold
  • Beat Dyslexia
  • Reciprocal reading
  • Reading explorers
  • Parent/volunteer reader

Reading at Home

It is vital that our children read regularly at home to help them foster a love of reading and to help them achieve their full potential. Depending on the age of the child, this may be listening to an adult read, reading aloud to a member of their family or, in the Upper Years, reading independently.

The expectation is that children read at least three times a week and that children in Reception, Years 1, 2, 3 & 4 have their reading record completed by parents and carers at home so this can be monitored.

We have a Home Reading Agreement that all parents/carers should sign.

 home reading agreement

Signed copies of these will be kept in the front of each child’s reading record (Reception to Year 4). When they are heard read in school by a member of staff or a volunteer, they will be stamped. We will monitor how often the children are reading throughout each half term.

How to help your child read at home

Every child needs to be exposed to a range of words and books. Reading at home is extremely important for the development of your child’s language and literacy skills. Here are some videos to support you at home.

Starting to learn to read - Things we can do at home

Mum makes sure the television is turned off and spends time helping her son do reading activities. Dad makes reading books an enjoyable time with his son and also hears him read.

Making early progress as a reader - Things we can do at home

Mum creates a special time with her daughter and encourages her by taking an interest in her book. When a school friend and her dad arrives it provides a chance to play a word game. Mum supports reading as a fun thing to do with friends.

Becoming a more confident reader - Things we can do at home

Sending and receiving letters provides a great opportunity for reading and writing. Mum breaks down difficult words to help her daughter read them. Mum and daughter spend special times together enjoying books without being distracted.

A fluent reader- Things we can do at home

The whole family has fun supporting Theo's reading and writing. Because Theo enjoys reading, he is happy to receive help correcting his work. Even though he can read well, both parents still read with their son. They are able to help with some of the more difficult words.

Able to read, but doesn't like reading- Things we can do at home

Mum knows that reading isn't her son's favourite activity so creates a balance between reading and playing. The older brother encourages Wasim's reading through their interest in football. The family has a good mixture of books that will interest the children.

Other useful websites:

Phonics play:

Phonics Bloom:

National Literacy Trust:

Epic (class teachers should have a class login where children can access a wide range of Ebooks for free):

WiT (Whatever it Takes):