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Teaching of Reading


At Dedham Primary School we understand that it is essential that the teaching of reading focuses on developing competence in both word reading and comprehension.


As stated in the National Curriculum 2014, “skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words.  Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken word.”  Consequently, phonics is emphasised throughout EYFS & KS1 at Dedham and pupils are taught to apply their phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent.  From September 2017, we will be using Read Write Inc resources to support the teaching of phonics and reading.


In order to tailor reading books to the individual needs of our children, we use a range of reading schemes in school.  The schemes we use primarily are Read Write Inc, Phonics Bug and Bug Club, supported by others when required.  We constantly strive to ensure that our reading schemes are appropriately challenging and engaging for our children and seek to replace and enhance our collection regularly.  In 2016, we began to subscribe to online books by Pearson and this will continue in 2017.  For struggling KS2 readers, we have an expanding set of hi-lo readers by Barrington Stoke.


Our subscription to Essex School Library Service Premier package enables us to constantly review and change the stock of books that we have in school.  We believe passionately that children need to be encouraged and supported to read widely so as to establish an appreciation and a love of reading.  As stated in the National Curriculum, “reading feeds pupils’ imaginations and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.”  The school library contains a good selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books which children from every class are encouraged to borrow.  Over the past year, we have particularly focused on expanding our stock of graphic novels and picture books designed for older readers.