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Reading at Peasmarsh

We love reading at Peasmarsh. We read every day - with our friends, with our class or on our own. We read books about all sorts of things and we love stories. Our teachers read to us every day and we choose books from our library to enjoy.

Reading Curriculum Statement

Reading for Pleasure

We encourage the children to read simply for the pleasure and enjoyment of a story or a poem or to find out about the things they enjoy.

The school library is open most lunchtimes for children to choose books and browse the shelves.

They are also given opportunities to read in class on thier own or with friends and to be read to.

Reading at Home

We expect all our children to read at home and encourage parents to read with their children on a daily basis. As soon as children enter school, they have access to reading book, which starts, with picture stories in EYFS. Children are never to old to share a book. Here are some top tips to help you read at home.

It can be hard to choose books for your child when there are so many out there. If you would like some recommended reading then please click on the link and find the list appropriate to your child's school year. Links can also be found on the class pages       https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/

Word Reading (Phonics)

At Peasmarsh we follow the 'Sounds-Write' Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme. Phonics is the prime strategy used when encountering new words to read.


When pupils read fluently, they focus on understanding the text rather than just decoding. Fluency is a bridge from word recognition to comprehension as children progress to becoming confident and independent readers. 

Progression of Whole Class Quality Texts

Our learning journeys stem from high quality texts chosen to inspire and empower the children. Many of these are from the 'Power of Reading' resource which supports the literacy curriculum in developing reading comprehension leading into writing composition, and fosters a whole school love of reading.

Common Exception Words

Common exception words are words that appear commonly in both texts and spoken language, but may be harder to decode. Children will be expected to learn these over time and with practice so that they can recognise them on sight.