Barons CourtPrimary School and Nursery

‘Caring, sharing, achieving. Respect and responsibility.’

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  • Avenue Road, Westcliff-on-Sea,
  • Essex, SS0 7PJ
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The Teaching of Reading

At Barons Court Primary School and Nursery it is our aim to develop enthusiastic and confident readers who read for interest, information and enjoyment. We use a range of different strategies to support reading within our school.

Phase 1 and 2

Reading opportunities are provided on a daily basis. A wide range of approaches are used to provide first hand experiences for the children. The children are taught in a stimulating environment that is rich in written print. The teachers share books with the class and regularly read stories and rhymes. Phonics is taught daily and follows the Read, Write, Inc scheme (a systematic, synthetic multi-sensory approach). The children are given an individual reading book to take home to support their PACT work. This includes children in the Nursery. The teacher reads with the child and encourages reading to take place at home.

Phase 3

Phonics sessions continue to take place during the week following the Read, Write, Inc Scheme. During shared and guided reading, phonics work is reinforced in the context of real texts. Writing activities follow on from shared reading with a balance of reading and writing. Children are heard individually read with an adult once a week. It is expected that parents also hear their children read at least 3 times a week at least and sign in their reading record books. Children change their reading books once they have discussed the text to check for understanding with an adult at school. Children also participate in daily guided reading sessions.

Phase 4

Children participate in formal guided reading and spelling sessions following the Read, Write Inc Scheme  to deepen children’s inferential, retrieval and decoding skills. Children are placed into similar ability groups which are reviewed on a regular basis. The text chosen for a given reading lesson will challenge the group in terms of meaning and word difficulty. The text chosen will ideally always link to the current unit theme. There is a balance of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts chosen for reading lessons over a half-term period. Children also have the opportunity to independently read and when a child has finished reading a book, they will talk it through with an adult. Children select their own text from the selection available at their level, which also include e-books. Selecting their own choice of texts is an important part of developing independence. Selecting texts motivates readers and helps children to develop and discuss their reading preferences.

Enjoying Books Across Our School

All children across our school have the opportunity to read, explore and question a range of rich text which enhances both their enjoyment of reading and their understanding of authors and the structures of text. As a school we have mapped the journey of reading from our youngest to oldest pupils so that they experience a range of archaic, narratively complex and non-linear text throughout the year. Outlined below are the key text which children read throughout the academic year.  


Encouraging reading throughout the year

'Sunshine and Stories' 

Throughout the school year we open our library and school reading facilities so that our pupils and our wider community can enjoy reading all year round! Last year we welcomed large numbers of children and families to our different events within the summer as we participated in the Summer Read Project.

We have welcomed a number of different children authors at our community events and we look forward to our next reading sessions in the Summer holidays.


"We love coming to these community events and listening to the stories and creating our own characters. My children love the sessions, it has inspired them to read more and they are always eager for more!"


"We loved coming to the storytelling and author play sessions. It has helped the children see that reading really is fun!"


"Both of my children really look forward to these events. It's something both of my girls can enjoy doing together."


Selection of Reading Materials

We are proud of our library where the children can enjoy a wide selection of books. We also hold the Summer Read project within the school. Your child can choose a number of books from your local public library. No child is too young to join and they are completely free.


Public Libraries -

Southend Library at The Forum Mon-Sat- 8.30am-5.00pm 

Telephone: 01702 534111

Leigh Library Mon - Sat - 10.00am-4.00pm
Telephone 01702 475929
Westcliff Library – Mon - Sat - 10.00am-4.00pm
Telephone 01702 341961