Teaching Reading


At Barrowford Primary School we recognise the importance of teaching children the fundamental skill of learning to read. We also recognise that it is essential that all children develop a love of reading. Within school, we promote a wide selection of reading materials from magazines and leaflets to novels, poetry, plays and online texts.


Our school promotes 'Reading Enjoyment'. Children can pick books of their choice from a range of reading schemes which include:

Project X

Oxford Reading Tree

Rigby Star

Collins Big Cat

Bug Club

Phonics Bug


Our school library is widely used throughout the day and across the school. Our children love to find a quiet place to become absorbed amongst the books and the bean bags. We encourage children to take books home and to find other books that may interest them. In addition to this, we also regularly visit Barrowford  Library and participate in their reading challenges.


The teaching of reading at Barrowford Primary School begins with a daily systematic phonics session. The Letters and Sounds Scheme is used to inform planning. The purpose of phonics instruction is to teach children sound-spelling relationships and how to use those relationships to read words. The children take part in a variety of activities to help develop their word recognition and strategies to decode unfamiliar words. This is then followed up with a personalised tutorial with each child each week to apply this understanding. Within this tutorial, each child will receive a list of words to practise and a book to take home to enjoy with an adult.


Each day, all children will engage with a Reading for Enjoyment session, within these sessions children will be encouraged to read independently and engage with a variety of activities to help them to develop their reading comprehension skills along with stretching their choice of books. Children have a guided reading session with an adult as part of a small group and also have a reading conversation about a book of their choice.


At the end of each day we love to sit together as a class and enjoy a book. This happens in every class across the school at 3pm.