Reading at Boughton Heath Academy

Ensuring children develop a love of reading from an early age is a key priority for us at Boughton Heath. Reading unlocks so many doors in regards to children's enjoyment of the written word, development of their imagination and progression in regards to their academic attainment.  Our approach to reading is to nurture and develop this love through providing current and engaging texts which children freely choose themselves and twinning this with interactive activities which assess children's understanding of what is read in regards to content, tone and inference. These activities allow teachers to accurately monitor a child's progression within reading and highlight areas for development which can be addressed in order to overcome barriers to progression. 

Children learn to read within Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 through the Floppy Phonics scheme, with books matched to the phonics being taught at any given time. Within Years 3 - 6 classes use the Pathways to Read scheme to scaffold their learning, and teachers supplement this with bespoke texts to create a varied range of reading for children. Children have their own reading books and are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, this being reinforced at school by regularly reading to an adult. 

Our teaching of Reading includes:

  • Immersive texts through the Pathways to Read programme
  • Accelerated Reader - interactive activities to assess children's understanding of what is read,
  • Child led selection of books - children choose what they read - not what they are told to,
  • Regular theme days and reading events such as World Book Day, No Outsiders week, The Book Bus visits and many more.
  • For more detailed information regarding Reading at Boughton Heath Academy please see the content below.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a program that helps teachers and parents manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level, reads it and when finished, takes a short quiz on a computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read. AR gives children, parents and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which then informs and helps the child’s development within reading.

Birthday Books at Boughton Heath

A little tradition here at Boughton Heath which has proved very popular with pupils and parents alike is the Birthday Book which sees children who have a birthday on  a school day gift their class a book to celebrate their birthday. It is voluntary and the book is just a small token to share the celebrations of their day with our love of reading. See some of our Birthday Book donations below.


You can learn more about our approach to reading by downloading the English overview below.

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