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Curriculum Statements

Reading at Bentinck Primary & Nursery school




At Bentinck Primary School, we recognise that reading is an integral part of learning, and this is reflected by the expectation that in all lessons, across the curriculum, children are developing their reading skills. The provision of a broad curriculum allows our children to develop an understanding of the world in which they live. Bringing this knowledge to their reading enables them to fully understand and access a wide range of written texts.

Alongside knowledge, we recognise vocabulary and fluency as the foundation of good comprehension skills, and these skills are taught regularly, explicitly and consistently during regular Guided Reading sessions.

We aim to foster a life-long love of reading by valuing and promoting reading across the school, and ensuring all students frequently experience the pleasure of a good story shared.

Our goal is for all children to leave Bentinck with the reading proficiency required to succeed, excel at and enjoy the next stage of their education.




The journey towards becoming a proficient reader starts in the language rich environment of EYFS, where children participate in a wide range of activities to support and develop children’s early reading skills. Children also participate in a daily phonics session and are expected to apply their phonics skills independently within the learning environment. Children enjoy and engage with a wide variety of high quality reading material.

Subject leaders have developed the Bentinck Reading Toolkit to provide a clear structure for the teaching of reading and comprehension skills. This separates the key skills into different roles, each with its own symbol. Please see attached Toolkit for KS1, LKS2 and UKS2.

In KS1, the daily phonics session continues alongside twice weekly comprehension sessions. In Year 1 this is mainly talk-based but introduces children to the Detective, Translator and Researcher roles and symbols. In Year 2 the use of these three symbols continues, with children moving towards recording their responses in a designated comprehension book. This then moves with the child to their next class in order to track progression.

Focused Guided Reading sessions are taught twice a week across KS2. The aim is that the children are able to hear, share and discuss a text as a class. Each session lasts for 25 minutes, and is based around a carefully selected, high quality class text, with the expectation that every class reads at least one book per half-term. The key skills of retrieval, inference, explaining and finding evidence are taught explicitly, using the toolkit symbols, and vocabulary and fluency are a focus of every session.

Subject leads have developed assessment grids for KS1, LKS2 and UKS2 to track and monitor the development of the key comprehension skills. These are kept in each pupil’s comprehension book and regularly updated by the class teacher.

Targeted intervention groups are used to support EAL and SEN learners. EAL children are supported in the acquisition of new language by our specialist EAL teacher, through a series of activities based around a simple shared text, where key words and phrases are used repeatedly to build confidence and familiarity. Whole class reading activities are differentiated where appropriate for SEN learners, and TAs are used to provide additional support where it is required.  

Children are given opportunities to develop their reading skills by a focus on reading as a key source of knowledge acquisition across the wider curriculum. Our aim is to move away from an exclusively teacher-led model of learning, to one which encourages pupils to take an active role in acquiring and sharing knowledge. In order to facilitate this, children are given regular opportunities to participate in information retrieval and sharing activities.

Children in F2 and KS1 are all provided with decodable reading books that match the phonemes they have learned. Alongside this, they are also encouraged to choose from a wide selection of high quality, age appropriate books to read independently or with adults. ‘Reading Buddies’, from UKS2 regularly provide F2 and KS1 children with opportunities to enjoy sharing a story with an older child.

Throughout the school there is a focus on supporting children in their journey to becoming independent readers. Reading for pleasure is encouraged through different strategies across the school. KS1 and KS2 each have their own designated, well-stocked library area where children are guided and supported in their choices through displays, genre labelling and peer and teacher recommendations. Bentinck’s Best Books, a carefully chosen selection of recommended reads for children of different ages, are prominently displayed and shared across the school.