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The Teaching of Reading in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

The children are given reading books from the start of Reception and are encouraged to listen to the story, identify characters or discuss ‘what happens next?’ by using picture clues and finding some of the high frequency words the children have started to learn.


Books are levelled into colour bands according to level of difficulty and at Balladen we use a variety of schemes; fiction and non-fiction books.


Children will start to learn comprehension skills, understanding story sequence, structure, language and characters. They will look at different types of text: story, information, poetry and rhyme.


The teaching of reading will be done through:

  • Shared reading using big books with the whole class or groups of children.
  • Guided reading where children work in a small group and look at the same text and practise decoding text and answering comprehension type questions.
  • Independent reading.


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The Reading Levels Progression & Record Document is available on the same page or by clicking: