Approach to Reading


At Godwin Junior School we believe that the ability to read is essential for independent learning, the world of work and many other aspects of everyday life. Reading is a fundamental life-skill that enables children to live fulfilled, successful and happy lives. In developing the skill of reading, children gain access to and derive pleasure from rich and varied sources of literature.


Therefore reading, comprehension and the joy of sharing books and stories with our pupils, provides the foundation for much of the learning which takes place in our school.


We believe that if you don’t learn to read you can’t read to learn.


Our ultimate aim is for the children to become confident and independent readers with high levels of enjoyment, understanding and comprehension.


In order to achieve this aim we: 

  • Provide the children with the tools with which to tackle reading. We have instituted a daily phonics session for those children who as yet do not have phonics in their armoury

  • Provide the children with other skills and strategies necessary to develop into competent and fluent readers

  • Encourage the enjoyment of books and reading so that the children develop a life-long enjoyment of books

  • Develop children’s critical appreciation of what they read

  • Develop study skills so that the children can find appropriate fiction and non-fiction books from the library

  • Develop research skills, using library and class texts, in conjunction with our school ICT system

  • Develop a critical appreciation of the work of authors, poets and illustrators in order to emulate these skills in children’s own writing

  • Encourage children to care for books and to enjoy receiving and owning books


Modelled and shared reading take place during lessons through text immersion and through the exploration of a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. The children have opportunities to independently read texts. They also read their own writing when improving, sharing and peer assessing. Staff and children have access to books inside their classroom and the school library.


At the end of every day the children have a class reading book read to them as a model for their own reading, the foci are enjoyment and reading with expression. Each child has a copy of the class reader so that they can follow the book independently.