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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Reading at Bearbrook

Our Vision

At Bearbrook we are a community of readers, authors and life-long learners.  We believe that everyone has the right to experience a broad range of exciting, fun and stimulating texts which foster a love of the world of literature. Books should open the world to our children, creating inspiration and enabling critical and reflective thinking.  Our children will leave school appropriately equipped to take a full and active role in society, knowing that books can have both magical and transformative powers enabling us to see our world in a different way. 


We promote this philosophy by ensuring that the books we share with our children enable them to see themselves reflected within the pages.  We expect our staff to keep abreast of current quality texts so that they can recommend and share these with the children.

We believe that adults should read a variety of texts to the class daily and each classroom have their own reading incentive clearly established for the children and parents.


Reading Fluency

Reading Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately.

Our expectations are that:

  • Every pupil will learn to read
  • We monitor carefully any child reading below ARE (lowest 20%)
  • We use a sequential approach to the reading curriculum that runs alongside our phonics program
  • Children are exposed to a range of text types used to develop vocabulary, language comprehension and continuing enjoyment of reading.
  • There is ongoing assessment that should be frequent and detailed. Gaps should be addressed quickly with targeted support



At Bearbrook in EYFS and KS1, we have a daily Phonics Session from Foundation Stage all the way through to Year 2.  Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting at the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers. When the children reach Year 2, they begin the Support for Spelling programme. We use the Letters and Sounds programme as a planning tool alongside the Jolly Phonics resources to supplement the children’s learning.




Rising Stars KS1 Reading Scheme



Band Colour NC Level
1 Pink Foundation
2 Red Foundation
3 Yellow Foundation
4 Blue Year 1
5 Green Year 1
6 Orange Year 1
7 Turquoise Year 1
8 Purple Year 2
9 Gold Year 2
10 White Year 2
11 Lime Year 2