Reading Overview 2017/18


  • Developing use of Scholar Pack and planned introduction of new monitoring and assessment systems during the academic year 2017-18
  • Children are on track for meeting expected standard at end of KS2 (targets forecast)
  • Consistently good results at the end of KS1 and in the Year 1 Phonics test where children have traditionally been at least on a par with national and regional levels and often achieve higher
  • Consistent approach now being used to record the Guided reading sessions- using NYCC record sheets.
  • New reading assessments introduced into school which are in line with the assessment system which is used for the end of KS1 and KS2 (Headstart).
  • Areas for Development
  • Low results for KS2 data in reading in summer 2017 - the school is currently on track to significantly improve results for 2018
  • This enhancement includes offering more challenge to the more able children.
  • Close the gap between SEN and lower achieving children through more in depth tracking and pupil specific, early intervention. 
  • Progress is now able to be more closely monitored through use of Scholar Pack and in time additional supplementary reading assessment systems.


  • For Guided reading KS1 use the Lighthouse Guided Reading Scheme. This is supplemented by the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. Lower KS2 use the Lightning Guided Reading Scheme. Once children become free readers the teachers use the sets of books which are in school.


  • We use the Headstart reading comprehension scheme which give a scaled score for each child. These tests will be done termly.
  • We are now using Scholar Pack to regularly add our teacher assessments in reading onto Scholar Pack. The Literacy subject leader has created a Scholar Pack booklet, containing all the reading statements from EYFS up to Year 6 to support staff when assessing children.
  • The Guided Reading books are colour banded so the children progress from one band to the next. In KS1 and Lower KS2 the children also choose other reading books to read at home. These books have been colour coded to match the colour bands. Once children have completed the Lightning Scheme (Grey band) they can choose books from the next colour band to read as a free reader.
  • We are currently looking into new systems that might offer improved monitoring potential.


  • We use Sound Discovery from Year 3- Year 6: Miss Wilson works with the Year 3- Year 4 children. Mrs Shortreed works with the Year 5 and 6 children.

  • The impact of these interventions needs to be more closely monitored using PIRA to give a start and end reading age. This can be used to accurately measure any ratio gains made. This will be implemented from the start of the Spring Term (January 2018).

Strategic Direction

  • The school is part of the Craven Peer review project. Our Headteacher , Mr Wright decided to focus on Reading at the School as also though traditionally results had been good, there had been a dip in 2017 (see School data section) and it was felt that there was a need to invest in new materials  and  to explore  new and different ways of working.
  • Mr Wright invited the Headteachers of Water Street Primary School (Stuart Anslow) and Sutton in Craven CE Primary (Tim Phillips) into the school in the Summer Term to look at our reading provision. The Review was also attended by Local Authority Adviser Simon Ashby. A report was developed with Mr Wright to look at enhancing the existing provision and a plan was drawn up and has been in implementation during this last year.
  • To view these plans and to learn more about how reading or writing is being taught and celebrated at the school please contact Mrs Hulse (English Coordinator) on 01729 822019.