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Hawthorn Primary School


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Reading at Hawthorn Primary School


Reading is at the heart of everything we do at Hawthorn Primary School as we aim to provide children with a literacy-rich environment, high quality texts and a love of learning whether they are in their classroom, assembly or at home. 





- Taught daily for 30 minutes in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

- 'Pinny' time and 'reviews' at any point of the day with any targeted individuals.

- Flexible groupings adjusted every 6 weeks (or when necessary) according to progress.

- Early blending interventions.

- Use of decodable books in Reception. 

- Visual phonics for HI pupils.

- 'Story time' clubs across KS1 with a high focus on phonics.

- Parent workshops and weekly parent reading sessions.

- Lowest 20% heard reading by volunteers and SLT.


Guided Reading

- Daily 30 minute guided reading session with exposure to a range of texts and genres.

- A bespoke reading curriculum which enables all children to understand the text they are reading.

- A huge focus on vocabulary within reading to increase word exposure.

- Comprehension teaching strategies based on content domains.

- Children are read to daily by their class teacher using a class story which is voted for by the children. 

- Children are given time during the school day to read independently and to be heard read (lowest 20% focus).

- Reading interventions and phonics interventions for children who are not yet 'fluent-readers'.




We have just invested into re-designing our school library. Children come here to listen to a class story, choose a book linked to their theme, find infographic books linked to their wider curriculum learning or to read to our dog mentor, Bailey!







Please take a look at our bespoke reading curriculum:


Upon leaving Hawthorn Primary School, children are competent readers who can discuss books and authors they enjoy reading, can recommend books to their friends and can engage in discussions on different books. They can use books to not only escape into their own imagination but to support them with their learning across the wider curriculum.