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Leadership of Reading at Grove Primary School.

Accountable: Mrs Kelly Hough and Mrs Lauraine Barnes

Responsible: Miss Beth Jones, Mr Andrew Rough, Mrs Danielle Gillings

Our Reading Intent

As readers we:

  • Have a love of reading
  • Know the skills needed to be a competent reader
  • Are exposed to a range of texts in order to not only reflect the pupils' lives but to also open windows to a range of diverse literary experiences 
  • Understand fluency, including expression, volume, smoothness and pace 
  • Read aloud and listen to texts being read aloud daily 
  • Look for reading opportunities everywhere, not just in books
  • Are explicit about the reason for reading
  • Talk about and ask questions about their reading
  • Learn and discuss new vocabulary 
  • Listen to recommendations and recommend books to our peers 

Our Five Pillars of Reading 

Our Five Pillars of Reading embody the integral elements of our reading principles at Grove.  The strand along the top is our DERIC strand... Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Interpret and Choice. Our Reading curriculum is built around these key elements which are developed and explored in our Reading lessons. 

Our DERIC skills

Reading environment at Grove

Our wonderful library

Pupil Voice

Our Reading Phase Expectations

Example of Year 3 Reading Phase Expectations

How do we teach Reading at Grove?

We use all of the following to teach reading:

  • Phonics Teaching using Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS)
  • Exploring etymology and morphology in words 
  • Small group reading sessions (KS1)
  • Daily whole class reading sessions to model and focus on decoding, fluency and comprehension skills (small groups may be used during this time) in KS2
  • Individual Reading
  • Story Time (all classes every day)
  • Developing fluency through paired reading, choral reading, repeated reading 


Teaching is underpinned by strong Assessment for Learning and ongoing daily, weekly, monthly half termly tracking and gaps analysis.