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Our Approach to Reading


At Blackshaw we recognize that reading is a core tool for life and we aim to foster a love for reading in our children. Reading skills are taught through phonics, guided reading, reciprocal reading, comprehension and shared reading across our whole curriculum. We have recently refurbished our Library and have for the second consecutive year won the Bolton Summer Reading Challenge.

Through reading, pupils are introduced to new vocabulary that can then be used in their own writing and speech. We foster our love of reading through providing a rich environment which stimulates and encourages children’s reading. We believe in engaging all pupils and have a variety of resources in each class including puppets, role play and books to develop different interests of the children.

Our approach is well structured and effectively monitored

From the Foundation Stage and into Key Stage 1 pupils will enjoy a range of
texts allowing them to build up knowledge of rhythm, rhyme and pattern in

  • Listening to good quality texts allows pupils to develop an ear for patterns in language, and to be able to adopt appropriate story-language for when they read themselves.
  • Viewing big books as they are read allows the pupils to match word and voice.
  • The pupils will learn how books work and be able to differentiate between print and pictures. They will be encouraged to retell stories and to begin to say what they enjoy and why.
  • They will learn to use the features of using non-fiction texts.
  • Pre-reading skills will be built on. These will help pupils to match patterns, follow sequences, build up both visual and auditory memory and use picture cues to infer meaning

Phonic Skills

At Blackshaw Primary School the children follow a systematic approach to teaching of phonic skills. We use ‘Letters and Sounds’. This is supplemented by other phonic schemes and activities. This programme of work teaches children to develop a knowledge of letter sounds, how to blend sounds and build and decode words.

Pupils will also begin to recognise key sight vocabulary often known as ‘tricky’ words. This includes words that can not be sounded out.

Development of Skills

Pupils are taught daily to employ a broad range of reading strategies enabling them to grow in independence.