There are two dimensions to our programmes of study for reading at Barton Moss:

  • word reading
  • comprehension


Teaching reading focuses on developing pupils` competence in both reading and comprehension. It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence, reading to learn.


The early stages of learning to read are taught through a structured phonics programme from entry in the Nursery. The children are taught in small groups which are tailored to their individual needs and detailed assessments take place every 10 days to monitor progress and adjust groups as necessary. Individualised programmes are designed for any child who is falling behind based on this analysis of gaps in their phonics learning

EY and Y1

The phonics programme in Y1 builds upon pupils’ existing knowledge of synthetic phonics from Reception and helps them to develop a significant vocabulary of words. Best of all, it encourages a love of reading since Roots uses a rich variety of teacher-read books.

How the Y1 phonics programme is structured

The daily phonics programme is built around four basic components:

  1. FastTrack Phonics - Pupils' phonemic awareness is built by using colourful mnemonic pictures, integrated with alliterative phrases, sounds, and letter cues. Fun elements, such as games, ensure it remains enjoyable, as the fast-paced systematic instruction reviews and introduces sounds and their written representations.
  2. Shared Stories - Vibrant storybooks engage pupils in practicing their decoding, fluency, and comprehension skills. New vocabulary is introduced and then pupils are supported as they decode the story with their partners. Whole-class discussions encourage higher-level thinking skills. These stimulate pupils' oral language and cognitive development as they become confident, enthusiastic readers.
  3. Story Telling and Retelling - A collection of 48 books, both fiction and non-fiction used. These are read interactively with pupils as part of daily lessons. Using partner talk and response, pupils' early skills of predicting, clarifying and questioning are developed to support the development of effective reading strategies.
  4. Writing - In addition to a daily supported short writing task pupils are regularly guided through a longer writing activity which is related to the theme of both the Shared Story and Star books. Pupils think, speak, and work collaboratively with others as they go through the writing process.

Y2 and KS2

Our Y2 and KS2 programme enables pupils to enjoy reading and creates fluent, confident readers. We use a wide range of carefully selected literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In most cases, pupils read the whole book, giving them all important ‘reading stamina’. 

The co-operative learning style

Our English programme is driven by co-operative learning strategies that put pupils at the heart of their own learning. Each individual lesson encourages pupils to teach their partners and team mates, in order to consolidate their own understanding.

Key benefits of using co-operative learning:

  • The supportive team environment encourages pupils to take responsibility and participate towards a common goal, so they keep engaged and maintain focus.
  • It allows team members to teach each other what they know – a really powerful way of learning.
  • On-going team discussion enables pupils to use and develop their skills in speaking and listening.
  • Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their ideas as part of the team process. This develops the self-help strategies that enable them to work independently and with confidence.

The Library

All of the children in Barton Moss love to choose a book to take home from our library, either to read on their own when they are ready, or to share with a parent. Infants can choose from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction picture books in the main library area. Y2 and Y3 have their own class library linked to the Junior Librarian system. Once children are confident readers, they are able to choose from an ever increasing range of both fiction and non-fiction books in the main library area. The library has been organised using the Dewey library classification system and is open every lunchtime for returning and choosing new books. Every member of Y5 is a librarian and they do a terrific job of keeping the library looking inviting.

Please follow the link to view how twenty minutes reading a day can impact your child.