Reading in Key Stage 2


At Avonmouth CE Primary School, we see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum that impacts on all areas of learning. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop children’s reading skills. We want children to develop a love of reading, have access to a wide range of different books and be able to talk about books and authors.

At the end of Year 6, children are assessed against the following reading criteria: author choice, vocabulary, compare, contrast and comment, retrieval, inference, summary and prediction. In preparation for this, we have daily teacher-led guided reading sessions which equip the children with these reading skills and to work on fluency and pace.

Adults in school seek as many opportunities as possible to hear children read, whether this is individually, in small groups or to provide additional support for those who need it.

There is an allocated part of everyday when children have the opportunity to read and discuss books of their choice.

All children are benchmarked to assess their reading skills and appropriate levelled books are sent home to read with an adult; this shared learning will help children to practice their reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading. Children are encouraged to read at least 3 times a week. Here is some research which shows the progress children can make when reading regularly:


As well as teaching the skills necessary to become confident readers, we have our own library full of exciting books, both fiction and non-fiction. The non-fiction books are used to enhance learning in Foundation Subjects, such as History, Geography and RE. Also, each class has their own book corner with a wide range of different genres, age appropriate to each class which children can choose during quiet reading time.