"A book is a gift you can open again and again." - Garrison Keillor
At Bramingham Primary we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We want pupils to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors and be able to understand more about the world in which they live, through the knowledge they gain from texts. By the end of their time at Bramingham, all children should be able to read fluently, and with confidence

Reading at Bramingham


At Bramingham we teach reading with a variety of approaches. In classes you would see a mixture of whole class reading, children reading in groups, children reading with buddies and children reading individually to adults. We love reading! To continue our diverse approach, we do not use one particular reading scheme either. Our books are selected from Collins, Heineman, Nelson, Oxford Reading Tree and a mix of contemporary and classic literature. We feel that this gives our children a window into the vast amount of wonderful, varied literature and encourages a real love of reading which we are proud to endorse.

A child needs to be able to read fluently and with understanding at an early age. Children are encouraged to read, listen to and discuss many different types of fiction and non-fiction. We encourage books to be taken home and we ask your help in hearing your child read as often as possible. Each class will read a number of class readers throughout the year. The choices available to each year group often have an underlying theme; these may relate to issues the children may encounter in life or have covered in their Creative Curriculum lessons. An example of this is "Friend or Foe" by Michael Morpurgo which relates to the Year 6 topic, WW2.


Our Reading Journey

Reading in the Early Years and KS1

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are taught to read using a variety of strategies:

  • To decode unfamiliar words by using their phonological knowledge
  • To use pictures in the book so that they will understand what the unfamiliar word might say
  • To read onto the next word so that the context will help them to understand what the unfamiliar word might say

All children take home two books per week.  One is a book chosen by the child and may be changed as regularly as the child wishes. The second book is chosen by the class teacher, at the child’s level and matches the phonic sounds that they are currently learning in class


Our Reading Journey

Reading in KS2

Reading comprehension strategies focus on the learners’ understanding of written text. Once children move through the school, and have developed decoding and fluency skills confidently, they are taught a range of techniques which enable them to comprehend the meaning of what they read. These can include: inferring meaning from context; summarising or identifying key points; evaluating the authors choice and developing their own questioning strategies.

At Bramingham, the children are taught each of these strategies with the help of our canine friends! Each dog, representing a different comprehension skill, will have their own set of question types for the children to become familiar with.