In Reading, the Programmes of Study consist of two aspects:

    • Word reading
    • Comprehension (both listening and reading)

Teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both areas and different kinds of teaching are used for each.

Pupils are taught skilled word reading incorporating the working out of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. The teaching of phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading. Please see the Phonics section of our school website.

Pupils have the opportunity to develop good comprehension skills through their experience of high quality conversation with their teachers, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. Pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live and to establish an appreciation and love of reading.

Reading for Pleasure

Reading for pleasure is an important aspect of our school. In each classroom Teachers read to their class for 15 minutes after lunchtime to simply enjoy a book together! Each classroom also has their own reading corner which children can access at all times
Children can access the school library (run by our Reading Ambassadors), and have the opportunity to visit the Markfield public library.

We also run our termly reading competition. For every three reads noted in your child’s Reading Record, one sticker is awarded on their class reading chart. At the end of each term, the child with the most amount of stickers will win a prize within their key stage. For a weekly update on each classes progress, please see our WEDUC announcements.

Guided Reading and Whole Class Reading

Guided Reading sessions take place for EYFS and Year 1 pupils, where they read together in a group and discuss what has happened and what will happen next. Alongside the skills of decoding and comprehension, discussion of texts encourages children to think as a reader and discuss their preferences, likes and dislikes.

Whole Class reading sessions take place from Year 2 to Year 6, where pupils focus on the different skills through a variety of texts and media.  They allow all pupils to access high-quality texts and answers.

It is our intention that by the end of their primary education all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.

At Mercenfeld, we are continually seeking to build a community of readers and set aside time each day for staff to read aloud to each class.

Mercenfeld Fiction Reading Spine

I am delighted to be able to share our brand-new fiction reading spine from which we will be selecting our reading for pleasure class novels.

Teachers have worked hard to select texts that cover varied themes, diversity and inclusivity. We can’t wait to share some of the stories with the children

Whole School Fiction Reading Spine 

Books to Read at Home

Follow the links below for some suggestions for books for your child to read at home based on Year groups in school.  We hope you will find the lists useful when you are in a library, browsing in a book shop/charity shop or looking on ebay!  We also have copies of a selection of the books in classrooms.  Most, but not all, are available from the school library.

Presentation for Parents About Reading

Parent’s Reading Information Presentation