Harworth Church of England Academy


Reading is at the heart of the curriculum at our school.  We encourage children to Read Every Day (RED Time) and staff read to children to promote the enjoyment and love of reading.   There are reading stations around school that enable the children to take time away from the classroom and enjoy a book.  Our school library is used on a daily basis throughout the day for supporting learning and to encourage children to become independent readers. 

We have a whole school reading scheme that progresses from Foundation Stage all the way through to Year 6  which is called Big Cat by Collins.  It allows children to make connections throughout the curriculum and is extremely successful in developing children's love of reading. 

There is also a large selection of both Fiction and Non-Fiction books in our library and class libraries.  The book fair visits at least once a term and the children and parents look forward to it arriving.  We celebrate World Book Day every year where children and staff dress up as their favourite book character and are encouraged to bring in their favourite book.  We use the community library as often as we can.  After our visits we promote library membership by encouraging children to take forms home to complete.   We have a whole school reading challenge every year.  On World Book Day we will launch our new Rainbow Reading Challenge.

Our Phonics scheme is Little Wandle which is based on Letters and Sounds. Phonics is taught daily and children take a phonics test at the end of Year 1.  For more information about phonics click here.


Foundation Stage

In Foundation Stage we believe we lay the foundations for encouraging the disposition of reading. The teaching of reading takes place through, modelled, guided and shared reading sessions.

Practice: Children are placed into emergent reading groups and read with an adult on a daily basis. When children display reading behaviours they are grouped according to their needs and begin to follow a systematic reading scheme.

Children are organised into reading groups which use a systematic, structured scheme that is appropriate for the needs of the children.


Key stage 1 and 2

In Key Stages 1 and 2 children are taught reading strategies through modelled, shared and guided sessions. Children in Key Stage 1 continue to read as part of a reading group which follows a systematic approach. Teachers plan opportunities for children to apply their reading skills during silent reading time, though topic related work and through a varied range of reading tasks including free choice and independent reading.

Children in Key Stage 2 have a class text that will relate to a topic that they are studying.  This text is read to the class and they will become fully immersed in it through lots of different activities.   Children take part in a guided reading session every week where they spend time focusing on a particular text.  They will read part of the text and complete an activity such as developing comprehension or vocabulary skills.     

Every child has a reading record and these are a great way to for staff and parents to share information and progress about their individual reading.

The Hertfordshire Reading test is carried out to check on progress for all pupils.  Any children who are below their chronological age will have additional reading sessions to close the gap.


We want our children to enjoy reading, to be able to use their reading to help them learn and to develop

increasing confidence and competence in reading so that they are able to:

  • read fluently, accurately and with understanding;
  • become independent and critical readers and make informed and appropriate choices;
  • select information from a wide range of texts and sources including print, media and ICT and to evaluate those sources;
  • apply techniques such as skimming, scanning, and text-marking effectively in order to research and appraise texts.