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Reading Statement

It is our intent at Maulden Lower School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.

To become an effective reader, children need to develop their skills in two strands of learning - word reading and comprehension.

With regard to word reading, phonics will be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school. They will receive daily phonics lessons in Reception and Year 1, following the Read, Write Inc scheme. From Year 2 - 4, phonics will be taught in smaller groups to those children who would benefit from closing gaps in their knowledge.

Comprehension is an extremely important skill and pupils at Maulden Lower School will experience high-quality discussion with the teacher, and will read and discuss a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All pupils will be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. 

Our aim is that, when leaving Maulden Lower School, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject ready for the next stage of their education.

Reading at home

Sharing a book with a child is fun! It's a time for closeness, laughing and talking together – and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers. School reading books can also be fun with the right approach! We know that things won't always go perfectly but it is important to make this part of your daily routine at home. Please speak to your child's teacher if you are finding it difficult to establish a reading routine at home for any reason.

At Maulden Lower School, we aim to hear your child read at least once a week to their teacher or another adult in school. They are provided many other reading opportunities throughout the school day. The school reading books and reading record are a fantastic opportunity for you to improve their reading skills, simply by reading regularly at home (we recommend four times a week for 10-15 minutes).

Research shows that children who read regularly at home perform better in all subjects at school!

A guide to reading with your child

Reading Scheme progression at Maulden Lower School

Top tips for extending more able readers

Especially for our Nursery and Reception children

Read with me leaflet 2-3 years

Read with me leaflet 3-4 years

Read with me leaflet 4-5 years

Reading Half Hour

At the beginning of every school day, children experience a Reading Half Hour where they are set independent reading tasks which focus on phonics, word reading, comprehension (across different subjects including Maths), fine motor skills and spellings. While the children complete these tasks, the class teacher and teaching assistant will work with individuals or small groups. These adult-led activities may include 1:1 reading, group or guided reading, word probes, phonic recognition and blending, miscues to see if your child is ready to move up to the next reading level. On Friday mornings, we invite parents to come in and hear readers during the Reading Half Hour, between 9am and 9.30am. Sign-up sheets are shared at parent consultation evenings and are available in the office. This is a good opportunity to show children that we all value reading as an enjoyable and important skill.

National Curriculum Expectations 

The following documents show what a child in each year group can be expected to achieve by the end of that academic year.

The tick lists are in child-friendly language and relate directly to National Curriculum learning objectives for that year group.


Nursery and Reception - taken from the Development Matters Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document

Reading and Spoken Language Year 1

Reading and Spoken Language Year 2

Reading and Spoken Language Year 3

Reading and Spoken Language Year 4

Special Educational Needs and extra help

At Maulden Lower School, we recognise that all children develop at different rates and we are keen to support them on every step of their learning journey. Children may also have specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, that may be diagnosed or un-diagnosed. Here is a list of adaptations that can be made by teachers in all lessons to assist children with reading as required (we do not need to wait for any official diagnosis before trying these methods):

  • Use texts which reflect interests, inc. non-fiction, particularly for boys.
  • Use coloured overlays, reading rulers, line guides.
  • Use peer, adult, or recorded audio support for texts.
  • Pre-teach subject specific vocabulary.
  • Use visual cues to aid recognition.
  • Present text as clearly as possible. Highlight main points. Use bullet points.
  • Use coloured/non-white paper. Use blue/red/green pens on white board. Use coloured/non-white backgrounds on a powerpoint/smartboard screen.
  • Teach children to understand the five stages of a story's structure. Explicitly teach keywords and their function in linking one idea to another.

In addition to this, we have many interventions in place which can be accessed independently by the child or with peer or adult support. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Password protected subscription to the Nessy reading and spelling website which provides bespoke learning
  • Word probes
  • Extra phonics sessions in small groups
  • Toe by Toe reading manual
  • Daily 1:1 reading of school reading book to an adult in school

For further information, please visit the SEND Information Hub on our website under the Parents section.