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How we Teach Reading

We love reading at Humberstone Infant Academy and become fully immersed in stories through our Novel Study approach to the teaching of English.  This enriches children’s language, develops their comprehension as well as providing a model for their own writing.

The children enjoy a range of stories during story time, developing enjoyment and a love of reading. We believe that it is essential that children see reading as something with many purposes including enjoyment and relaxation as well as information gathering.


We understand that children develop at different rates and follow different paths into reading. We cater for individual needs and have a structured but flexible approach. Children are given opportunities to develop the full range of reading skills and strategies in order to produce confident, competent and independent readers.  During lessons adults model specific reading behaviours e.g. reading left to right across the page, using comprehension and word identification strategies. Children also read in small groups (guided reading) to develop comprehension and book discussion strategies and read 1:1 with their teacher or teaching assistant.We use Oxford Reading Tree, supplemented with a range of phonically decodable books.

How you can help at home

Reading regularly is vital in helping children become confident readers and we recommend reading stories each night to your child and practicing their reading books at least four times a week.  

Below are some things you can do while reading with your child:


  • What is happening?
  • Take time to talk about what is happening in the pictures before you read the text. What can you see?
  • Discuss the meaning of words.
  • Make predictions. What do you think will happen next? What makes you think that?
  • Discuss feelings. How do you think the character is feeling? Why?
  • Use lots of expression when reading especially for the voices of different characters.
  • Point to the words on the page when reading them.
  • Can the children use the pictures to guess the word, looking at the initial sound?
  •  Describe the characters in the story.