Milton Park Primary School

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Reading at Milton Park Primary School


At Milton Park Primary School we want our pupils to develop a love of reading that will be a lifelong pleasure for them. Research suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.


There are two main aspects to learning to read:


  • that the reader recognises and understands the words on the page (that is, word recognition or decoding )    
  • the development of language comprehension (that is text is understood and interpreted)


So, at Milton Park Primary School we have a team of staff who ensure that children’s reading skills are developed to their maximum, alongside a range of opportunities to read .


We are always looking for ways to encourage the children’s love of reading.


Every child working within the Letters and Sounds phonic phases has a high quality daily15-20 minute, interactive phonics session 


We use Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme and PM books as our core scheme.


 Better Reading Partners

 Booster Phonics

 Toe by Toe

 Prioritising boys for reading intervention support (as they generally achieve less well than girls in reading)

 Phonics workshops– parents from Reception learn activities they can use with their child at home to practise their phonics skills.

 Visiting authors

 Purchasing reading resources other than books (eg comics and magazines) to attract less able boy readers, including Kindle trial in Y6

 Purchasing new texts to extend and interest more able readers