Please also see our Intent-Implementation-Impact statement for Reading and all subjects which can be found under the Curriculum tab in 'Curriculum Statements'

At Hayfield Cross, we aim to instil a love of reading in each and every one of our children. By balancing learning to read alongside building an enjoyment of books and other texts, we believe it builds lifelong, confident and independent readers, and is key for academic success.  

We have a wide range of books from our partnership with LRE. Our banding system follows the Big Cats colours, and the children have access to Bug Club where they are able to read a range of different texts suited to their ability. Within school, children have the opportunity to change their books weekly, where they are encouraged to select their own book. Teachers will regularly assess the children to ensure they are reading at the appropriate level; this is done by completing a book band assessment. This task focuses on the comprehension of reading, rather than just their recognition of words.  

Children should read as much as they can, across a wide range of genres including non-fiction texts, poetry and comics. At home, children are encouraged to read 5 times a week, and must have this signed by an adult. Each week, their reads will be counted and rewarded with hero/house points and a place on the Rebel Reader board! Alongside this, there is allocated time for children to share a class book (read to them by their teacher) and time for them to engage in reading texts of their own preference every day.   

Within school, we use VIPERS and Cracking Comprehension to support their fluency and comprehension with reading. As per the National Curriculum, reading focuses on both word reading and comprehension. By using VIPERS and Cracking Comprehension, children are able to build on skills required to answer comprehension questions, alongside continuing to support their reading of a variety of texts and foster a love of reading. VIPERS is an anagram to support with the retention and recall of the 6 reading content domains as put forward in the National Curriculum. It therefore enables us to track the type of questions asked and the children’s responses to these, which allows for targeted questioning afterwards.