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Welcome to Hurdsfield Primary School

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CURRICULUM: Reading for Pleasure

Reading at Hurdsfield

Our Reading curriculum is designed to ensure all children know that reading is an open door to all other learning opportunities. They understand that reading frequently makes them a good reader, and being a good reader expands their world. Our children will embrace their own individual reading journey and will celebrate their reading milestones as they develop new strategies, learn new words, explore different genres, discover unknown authors, experience unfamiliar settings and unpick hidden meanings. By continually reflecting on their own reading journey, our children will not only be able to read, but most importantly, will want to read.


We do this through:

  • Prioritising early reading (and developing) readers the knowledge and skills to decode, learn and recognise a growing bank of words.
  • Fostering an appreciation and love of reading for all of our children.
  • Developing curious learners who confidently participate in dialogue by questioning, relating to, expressing views and engaging in discussions around a range of quality, engaging texts.
  • Ensuring all of our children transition to high school as enthusiastic, fluent and confident readers.


Reading at Hurdsfield - a brief summary:

At Hurdsfield, we teach early reading in the following ways:

  • Playing with the English Language: Our youngest children are encouraged to have fun and 'play' with the English language.  From rhyming words to role play, the emphasis is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.
  • Teaching our children to read words: Every child in Reception and Year 1 have daily, highly structured phonics sessions followed by guided reading sessions.  Each child is provided with decodable readers for use at home which can be read independently and link with the structured sessions the children enjoy daily in class.
  • Teaching our children to understand the words they read: All children across the school have access to daily 'Word Aware' sessions which are based on developing children an understanding of vocabulary in all areas of the curriculum.  Word Aware is a 
  • Reading for understanding: Each phonics session is followed by a guided reading session led by a member of our staff.  For continuity, the children have the same teacher for their phonics and reading session.  We have an early reading coach/teacher who supports all staff in the delivery of each session; ensuring consistency in quality of resources, delivery and high expectations for all children.  Our staff received high quality and ongoing CPD to support them in the delivery of these sessions.
  • Reading for a purpose: Each curriculum enquiry uses a book hook which runs throughout the length of the enquiry.  Wider learning is based on this book which is widely discussed using 'Reading Vipers' to aid their comprehension of the texts they are reading.


V = Vocabulary

Ensuring our children understand the meaning of the words they mean in context supplemented by daily word aware sessions.


I = Inference

Being able to infer actions, thoughts and feelings using their understanding of the text and their wider experiences.


P = Prediction

Using evidence from what they have read and what they understand to predict what will happen next and how this will affect the plot of the narrative.


E = Explain

Use evidence to explain their answers to specific questions


R = Retrieve

Find information from a text quickly to support wider learning.


S = Summarise

Accurately pick out the main events and succinctly summarise these for a wider audience.  

Early Reading Workshop at Hurdsfield - Parent/Carer Presentation

Early Reading and Phonics at Hurdsfield


Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school.  Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.  We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves.  This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.


At Hurdsfield Primary School, we use two main schemes within our EYFS:  Read Write Inc. Phonics alongside Word Aware and Concept Cat.


Children are grouped according to their ability across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to ensure that teaching is suited to their level. Phonics in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 takes place on a daily basis and in Key Stage 2 where applicable.


How will my child be taught to read?

We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the (Phonemes) sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down (Graphemes). This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well.


We use words such as phonemes with the children from the start.


Read, Write Inc. has 5 underlying principles – the five Ps:

  • PACE – no time is wasted during teaching sessions! Children are active and involved in a fun and creative way. The aim is for the children to complete the programme as quickly as possible.
  • PRAISE – teachers praise the children constantly throughout the teaching sessions. Children learn more quickly when they are praised for what they do well, rather than nagged for what they do wrong. The children are encouraged to praise each other and as a school we have developed several ‘Praise Phrases’ and ‘Praise actions’. Ask your child to demonstrate!
  • PURPOSE – each activity has a very clear purpose. The teacher will set this purpose at the beginning of the lesson so that the children know exactly what they will be learning.
  • PARTICIPATION – all children take part in all parts of the lesson. Full participation is gained through partner work and choral response.
  • PASSION – as a staff we are passionate about our teaching and the benefits of the Read, Write Inc. program! We love teaching the sessions and this enthusiasm rubs off onto the children.


READING SCHEME: We use a selection of materials within our reading scheme.

  • Oxford Reading Tree

  • Floppy Phonics

  • Big Cat Phonics

  • Code X


All our books are colour coded for ease of tracking and progression. 


Useful Links 
Oxford Owl is a free website built to support you with your child’s learning.  You’ll find age-specific reading and maths tips and activities, eBooks, and lots of fun ideas to really bring your child’s learning to life.  You will also find support and advice on a range of questions you may have – including helping your child with their phonics, motivating boys to read and ensuring your child is doing their best in maths.
This website provides information about the national Bookstart scheme and the Bookstart packs that your child will receive as a baby, a toddler and at age three to four. It also gives information about sharing books with your child. You can find out about Bookstart events in your area, which you can attend with your child.

Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide

Ruth Miskin shows you why pronouncing sounds in a 'pure' way is the most effective for teaching children how to read.

At Hurdsfield: only our best will do!