Reading at Ecclesall Primary School

Phonics at EPS

Reading Intent:

At EPS our promise is it to make reading irresistible for all children so that they acquire a lifelong love of reading and books. Reading will always be prioritised so that children are motivated to read and become fluent, skilled and attentive readers who develop understanding and confidence to ensure the process is rewarding and pleasurable for all.

Implementation: To achieve our aim of encouraging the love of literature, children are exposed to a wide range of high quality reading material. Staff use reading as a stimulus to excite children’s imagination, engage interest, develop thinking and expand their vocabulary.

From the earliest opportunity our children enjoy a wide range of stories, rhymes, poems and songs. Each year group read books from their recommended reading list and adults regularly share different texts with their class. Children talk about and identify which books they enjoy, through discussions in class, book clubs, reading records, reading bookmarks and book reviews. We are very proud of our school library and children visit with their class to enjoy the space and to listen to and choose a range of texts and genres.

Classrooms provide rich reading environments and reading areas. Children have access to a wide range of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts within the classroom and in our school library. Story-time books are selected to ensure that they broaden children’s experiences of texts. Each year group has a list of texts many of which are available in the class reading area for children to access. We are dedicated to making reading as high-profile as possible, with reading workshops, visits to the community library, author assemblies, Book Week (coinciding with the national ‘World Book Day’), poetry day and author visits arranged throughout the school year.

The process of teaching reading begins with systematic synthetic phonics through discrete daily lessons from Reception to Year 2  (Letters and Sounds). This progresses from the decoding of words to the comprehension of texts, involving retrieval of facts and inference of ideas and is achieved through a variety of methods including; 1:1 reading, guided reading, book study and reading aloud to an adult with a partner, group or class. Books are carefully matched to children’s abilities. Regular opportunities to read aloud are included in lessons. For example when sharing a text in class, teachers read aloud and also ask children to read aloud as a class as well. This allows children of all abilities to see and hear the words at the same time and to read at a similar speed. Children also regularly read their work (or their partner’s work) aloud to their table partner during peer assessments.  Children’s progress in phonics, reading and comprehension is carefully monitored.


All children will develop a love of reading and will be able to talk confidently about the books they enjoy making connections and comparisons between texts. They will develop the skills to become fluent, confident and able readers supporting their learning across the whole curriculum.  The strong foundations we provide will underpin our children’s future learning and ultimately their ability to become effective