Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School

‘An excellent, happy school, where we enjoy learning’



The Teaching of Reading



At Market Drayton Infant and Nursery School we are determined that every child will learn to read by Year 2. As a school we aim to develop:

    • Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
    • Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
    • Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
    • An excellent comprehension of texts.
    • The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
    • Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts


A coherently planned reading curriculum

 Our reading curriculum sets out:

  1. To provide a structured and systematic approach to the learning and teaching of phonics.
  2. To ensure children make good progress in their acquisition of phonic knowledge and have books with the sounds they know, while they are learning to read.
  3. To ensure children’s phonic knowledge supports their acquisition of reading and writing skills, including correct letter formation and handwriting.
  4. To develop children’s comprehension and understanding of a range of texts using the simple model of reading.
  5. To develop a love of reading and literature.  
  1. The ‘threshold concepts’ pupils should understand;
  2. Criteria for progression within the threshold concepts;



 Teaching of reading at Market Drayton Infants and Nursery

 There are five methods covered in this policy that are involved in the teaching of reading:

  • Phonics
  • Individual reading 
  • Guided reading
  • Whole class reading
  • Developing a love of reading


 Phonics linked reading books

Levels for reading books will match the phonics assessments made. Children will be given phonics  books that enable them to practise phonemes they have yet to master. 


All children will receive 2 phonics books until they have secured Phase 5b, putting them in the position to pass the phonics screening check. Once they have achieved this level they will receive a phonics book and a non-decodable book or 2 non-decodable books based on teacher’s professional judgement. Books are changed weekly and the day is decided by the class teacher. 


Developing a love of reading

Reading for pleasure is just as important as giving the children books linked to their learning and each week they will be given the opportunity to choose a book from the class library. Nursery have a lending library on a Wednesday and den in a bag once a week. 


Use of the class library and the main library

Children will have a book from the class library to take home each week as well as their reading book. Book corners should be organised and inspirational.  


The main library is open twice after school and twice at lunch time on a weekly basis.  


At least once per term the class teacher will take the children to the library for an activity, for example, read a story or library skills.  At this point children will be given the opportunity to select/exchange a book.  Annually there is the expectation that each class will visit the town library once per year. 


 Working with parents 

 In Reception parents are expected to attend a phonics workshop in the autumn term.   


 All parents receive a leaflet on how to support their child with reading in Y1 and 2 in September.


It is our aim that a parent should hear their child read Monday-Thursday and once at the weekend.  The class teacher will communicate with families who are not reading regularly with their child at home to encourage them and support them with this.  




 Reading is assessed in a variety of ways, linked to phonics, individual, guided and whole class reading.


More in-depth information on all of the above can be found in the reading policy.