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Brimscombe CE VA Primary School

Brimscombe CE VA Primary School

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Teaching Reading

Reading starts early at Brimscombe CE ( VA) school and we encourage early reading as a key building block for learning.  Pre school children join daily phonics lessons using the the jolly phonics and letters and sounds. Our youngest children have daily story time and take books home to read with parents and carers. 

Phonics continues in reception and into KS1 with daily sessions.

Higher up the school reading is taught daily in using the,  'reciprocal reading'  strategy.

Reciprocal reading  is a scaffolded,  or supported, discussion technique that incorporates four main strategies—predicting, questioning, clarifying, summarising—that good readers use together to comprehend text.  

In addition to reciprocal reading, we try our best to listen to individual readers and teachers regularly read to their classes. Time is also put aside during the week for reading for pleasure.

Children access levelled books from the library which they quiz on to assess comprehension. 


Most of the writing the children do is related to the topic. As the children move through the years they learn more complex spellings and grammar. The children write in a variety of fiction and non- fiction forms. Click to button to see the writing overview or  it can be downloaded at the bottom of the page .



What are children expected to be able to do? 

Children work towards what is described as 'the expected standard'  with some children exceeding this and reaching 'greater depth.' A quick parent's guide as to what makes the expected level can be downloaded from the 'help for parents' tab.

Brimscombe Hill, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2QR

01453 882474

For hard copies please contact Mrs S Newman in the office