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Welcome to Hurdsfield Primary School

Our Behaviour for Learning Code: RESPECT, CHALLENGE, REFLECTION, RESILIENCE, ENCOURAGEMENT and CITIZENSHIP because... At Hurdsfield: only our best will do!

CURRICULUM: Reading for Pleasure

Reading Development at Hurdsfield

We are developing the way we teach reading at Hurdsfield and would like to share with you some of the websites and resources we use in school to support your children's reading for meaning and pleasure.


At Hurdsfield, we are developing our reading teaching to ensure that we provide our children with a healthy reading 'diet'.  We aim to provide a structured approach to this learning through Whole Class Reading sessions, 1:1 reading sessions, Class Novels (linked to our curriculum enquiries) and Guided Sessions.  All of these sessions link with our overall drive to promote Reading for Pleasure for all pupils!


Early Reading Development at Hurdsfield

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.  

At Hurdsfield: only our best will do!