At HJPS we foster a love of reading. The National Curriculum 2014 is structured so that pupils access wide range of quality non-fiction and fictional texts each term.


Teachers and parent helpers hear pupils read regularly, asking them a range of questions about the passages they have read. Regular Guided Reading sessions allow pupils to discuss and analyse texts in more depth. In Key Stage 1, children are encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge to their reading of new or unfamiliar words. As well as the teaching of phonics, there is also a focus on comprehension and reading for enjoyment. Children follow the PM Reading Scheme which contains a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Using the scheme, teachers can assess pupils’ reading and retelling strategies, as well as their understanding of the storyline.


In Key Stage 2, children begin to read with greater independence, and they are encouraged to read regularly at home. Comprehension lessons are included at the start of every new teaching cycle and skills of textual analysis are developed. This year, a new initiative has been introduced called “Take One Book.” As part of their learning each term, pupils develop their Reading Skills by focusing on one book so that they can see the structure of a story and respond to their reading through a wide range of activities.


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