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Independent reading scheme


At Cradley, we believe that it is important that children read to adults regularly to develop their decoding and comprehension skills.  In KS1, each child will read twice a week to an adult, including Guided Reading sessions.  In KS2, each child will read once a week to an adult, including Guided Reading sessions.  During this reading session, the adult supports the child with decoding words, scaffolding, fluency and questions to develop their reading skills.


Reception and KS1

All children have a phonics-based reading book which is appropriate to their reading ability. Books are carefully designed to consolidate the phonics the children have already studied in school and are grouped into sets that closely follow the SSP programme delivered in school. Books have been selected from a range of reading schemes in order to match the phonics programme, as closely as possible, and are at least 90% decodable. Children are encouraged to use their phonic knowledge to blend to read words initially and are then encouraged to develop fluency as they continue to practice reading their book at home and at school. Sound and word lists are sent home to consolidate any sounds within a book that the child needs further support to recognise. In addition to this, tricky word books are used to ensure that children learn to recognise the appropriate harder to read and spell words on sight.

Towards the end of their Reception year and throughout KS1, the children also choose a book from an age-related basket to enjoy with an adult at home.



All children have a reading book from the school scheme which is appropriate to their reading ability.  They alternate this with reading a book chosen from the Accelerated Reading programme in the school library.  Each child takes a test termly to assess their reading comprehension and word reading ability.  Following these assessments, they are given a ZPD range. This book range will allow them to read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated.

After reading their independent book, they may take a short test of 5 or 10 questions, which assesses their comprehension. 


Phonics based reading scheme overview

Letter-based reading scheme overview

Independent reading bookmarks

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