Reading Intent Statement

Reading Intent for The Grove School


At The Grove School we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers.


We believe that it is vital to ensure we foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning through carefully designed teaching activities that utilise imaginative stories and thought provoking texts.  We are passionate about books and believe that excellent quality books are at the heart of a curriculum.


We believe reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment.


We recognise the importance of taking a consistent whole school approach to the teaching of reading in order to close any gaps and to target the highest possible number of children attaining the expected standard or higher


We have high expectations of all children and we encourage children to challenge themselves, persevere and pursue success, reaching new heights together.


Reading and Phonics Implementation:


At The Grove School we use a synthetic phonics programme called Storytime Phonics.  This programme is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. This is supported by a comprehensive scheme of reading books provided by Collins Big Cat and Ransom Publishing Books.  Children who have not met the required standard for phonics in Year 1 or 2 have daily phonics sessions working through the phases either individually or in small group sessions. This continues into Key Stage 2 as necessary. Children who are catching up are encouraged to take home a new phonics reading book after each session. Where children do not read at home, staff facilitate extra reading sessions in the school day.


Children are read too on a regular basis, classes love nothing better than getting lost in a class book.  Read by our talented staff.


All children in Year 3 progress onto the Babcock No nonsense spelling programme.


Read Write Inc intervention sessions take place for children that need to catch up. 


In Guided reading high quality texts and passages are chosen, we use the Babcock ReThink Reading as a structure for our planning. Taking the children through a process where they have the opportunity to discuss the book, read independently and then reflect on the book.   Appropriate to the expectations of the year group or ability of children, and teachers use this to model the application of the agreed reading skills. Children are taught to notice breakdown in reading - identifying words/phrases they don’t understand and strategies to fix breakdown in meaning. Children are taught to relate the text to themselves, previous reading experiences and the world around them.


Further to modelled sessions, children have the opportunity to read texts with greater independence and apply their skills when responding to the wide range of domain questions. Books are chosen carefully to ensure they enrich the Wider Curriculum.  Books demonstrating equality and diversity are within all year groups. 


At The Grove we believe that regular reading at home is an important tool in developing reading skills. In EYFS and Y1 books are organised in phonic phases.  In Y2 Levelled titles from the Collins Big Cat and Bug Club schemes are used for home-reading to ensure that children experience a wide breadth of reading opportunities across different genres.  In KS2 we use Accelerated Reader to facilitate this. We have close links with a book shop in Totnes that will recommend appropriate levelled books to parents.


We engage with authors either online or in person to enthuse children



Children at The Grove enjoy books, they talk about them with enthusiasm and recommend books to each other. 

Children leave The Grove with the skill of being able to read.

Children understand the importance of reading and how it can be used to further their knowledge and learning for the future.