The Federation of Farnham and Rickling Primary Schools

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Reading at The Federation

Our Curriculum statement for Reading explains our approach, philosophy and approach to reading.  It is something we are passionate about as a Federation and believe that it drives and underpins every part of learning. 


Click on the image below to read our Curriculum Statement for reading

What some of our children say about reading (2023-2024)

'I enjoyed going to the Roald Dahl Museum so I found out more about the author. It inspired me to write books – everything I write is about Dragons – HTTAD also inspired me.  I signed up for 500 words as well! I’ve had a book published – it was about dragons.'

'I am reading some of my own books linked to what we are doing in class a lot – quite a lot of Roald Dahl.'

'I really like reading, I like the reading part better than the questions, however I understand that it shows how well we have understood the text. I read fiction and nonfiction at the moment – books by Eoin Coffer.'

'We learn how to read with meaning and fluency. I like the vocabulary work.'

'I like the class discussions after fluency and vocabulary – I really like it when we get subjects and other subjects and mash it together.'

'I like reading because you can find out new facts that you never knew.  I like reading books by Andy and Terry – Treehouse Series. I have read 26 story treehouse and 16 story treehouse books.'

100 Books to Read

Our 100 Books to Read before you leave Primary School (originally created by Ashley Booth) can be viewed here: 

Our rigorous and sequential approach to reading starts in the EYFS with our phonics program, which follows Letters and Sounds and incorporates many aspects of Phonics Play.  Our reading books closely follow the phonics knowledge pupils are taught when they first learn to read. 


As children progress through the school they continue with guided reading and in the later years, whole class reading, which continues to support their comprehension and broad knowledge of genre.


Reading intervention takes many forms at The Federation.  We use Lexia to support fluency, understanding and spelling; Read Theory to support comprehension; Toe by Toe to support early fluency and to support issues as they arise. 


Please do speak to either Mrs Snelling or Mrs Bratley if you have any questions about our approach to reading - it's something we are incredibly passionate about!