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Reading at Pakefield  


At Pakefield Primary, the love of reading is nurtured and children develop as confident, competent readers.
The schools reading books are organised into book bands which are consistent across the school.  Competent readers are encouraged to use the school library, where they can access a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Teachers are responsible for the organisation of reading within their own classroom.

As a school we have recently changed the way we are teaching Guided Reading; this is now taught using a whole class approach. Teaching Guided Reading as a whole class allows children to access a range of different texts whilst developing comprehension, inference and core reading skills.

Reading challenges play a key role in our school and children are encouraged to read at least 3x a week at home. Reading at home can involve school reading books, comics, newspapers or any of your own books. We want to promote a love of reading and this comes in many forms!

The children follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme daily, which starts in the nursery and progresses through Key Stage 1, and lower Key Stage 2. In Upper Key Stage 2, children who still need to develop their phonic skills will be taught in small intervention groups.  Have a look at the following website to see how letters and sounds works: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

 Pakefield Reading Expectations 

View document /reading/pakefield_primary_school_-_reading_expectations_-_2019_-2020.pdf

Year 1’s Reading River Challenge


Shared Reading in Years 3 and 4


Bringing books to life with the Westend Choreographer.



At Pakefield Primary School we really understand the importance of children being able to use spellings throughout the curriculum and not just achieve 10/10 in a spelling test. To support our children to learn their spellings and internalise them we use the following pattern of teaching each week:

All spellings that are sent home are from the DFE’s spelling lists which can be found at:


Our School Feedback and Marking Policy also supports children to notice when they have made a spelling mistake and they then go through and purple polish their work using dictionaries, word cards or teacher support.

If you have any questions relating to the teaching of reading or writing, please speak with your child’s class teacher or make an appoint with Mrs Nielson, Mrs Lock, or Mrs Harper.



Letter to Parents from Mr Payne regarding plans to return to school 11.6.2020 - please click here


Letter from CEO of The Active Learning Trust to parents 18.05.2020 - please click here





Please remember that we are a no nut school.