Reading at Hambrook


At Hambrook Primary School, we believe that the importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated. 

Our Reading curriculum is designed to not only support our pupils to master the key skills stated in the National Curriculum, but also to help them develop a lifelong love and enjoyment of reading. Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing, and their mental health. At Hambrook we employ the use of high-quality texts to provide a stimulus for reading, writing and oracy and give every learner opportunities to be immersed in a rich vocabulary that supports their own development and nurtures a genuine love of language and literature.

Our Aims:

  • Strong Focus on developing fluency beginning from EYFS
  • High quality phonics provision in the school to support with decoding and instant word recognition
  • Opportunity to practise and develop key comprehension skills
  • To promote and instil a love of reading in all children, developing positive attitudes towards a variety of different literature
  • To expose children to a variety of high quality texts across a range of genres
  • Use reading as a means of gathering information to support their learning throughout the entire curriculum
Please see our dedicated Phonics page for information on how word reading is taught at Hambrook:
Guided Reading 
In addition to discrete phonics lessons in KS1, reading comprehension is taught during daily Guided Reading sessions from Year 1-6. Across each reading unit we follow a cycle of 'Immersion, Revision, Application' using the V.I.P.E.R.S anagram to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the national curriculum. Children will study a quality text or extract at depth, first exploring the context at depth before being given the opportunity to practise a different core comprehension skill.