At Burford School we aim to develop a love of books and encourage children to read for enjoyment across a range of genres.  Reading is clearly linked to all aspects of learning.  It is a complex accomplishment and we believe learning to read is a life-long continuous process.  It is important to recognise that it consists of two dimensions, word reading and comprehension. Competence in both is vital to enable pupils to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. 

We teach children how to use  a range of strategies (semantic, syntactic and phonic) to decode accurately  when reading. In KS1 phonic strategies are taught as separate lessons, using systematic synthetic phonics.

Through structured guided reading sessions we develop the five key comprehension skills (retrieval, inference, deduction, opinion, use of language) to enable children to read with confidence and understanding.

Resources to support your child at home with both phonic and comprehension skills can be found by clicking on the curriculum evening tab in this section of the web site. 

The whole school uses a colour coded reading scheme based on Cliff Moon’s progressional reading.

We have a broad and varied reading scheme that incorporates a range of reading scheme books, real books and books from different genres.  To support our pupils we have also included a range of books published by Barrington Stokes  which are designed to break down barriers to reading that can be caused by dyslexia or by a simple reluctance to read.

Guided Reading

Guided reading is small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency. After systematic assessment to determine their strengths and needs, students are grouped for efficient reading instruction. While individuals always vary, the students in the group are alike enough that they can be effectively taught in a group. Texts are selected from a collection arranged along a gradient of difficulty. The teacher selects a text that students will be able to process successfully with instruction and provide a degree of challenge. The teacher uses a structured timetable to coordinate the whole class into their guided reading sessions

For the student, the guided reading lesson means reading and talking (and sometimes writing) about an interesting and engaging variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. For the teacher, guided reading means taking the opportunity for careful text selection to develop decoding and comprehension skills.  Further information on how to help your child with reading comprehension can be found in the English Curriculum Evening folder on the website.