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St Dennis

Primary Academy

Everyone Matters, Everyone Succeeds, Every Moment Counts

How we prioritise reading

How we prioritise reading at St Dennis Primary Academy


  • Daily reading through RWI at the begining of every day.
  • A diet of '5 a day' in EYFS that includes 'Talk through Stories'.
  • Daily Book Study (KS1) or Novel Study (KS2) taught through the use of VIPERS questions, which have been structured progressively across the school.
  • A weekly ‘written reading response’ session, where the VIPERS are used to frame questions regarding the Novel/Book being studied.

  • Additional Book Share in KS1.
  • Writing is taught through the storytelling approach.
  • Comprehension skills are taught across the wider curriculum every week.
  • Well stocked and inviting library.
  • Dedicated library time every week where library skills are explicitly taught.
  • Children can take home two books - one decodable (RWI or Accelerated Reader) and one library book for pleasure.
  • Accelerated Reader is used once children have completed RWI.  Instead of being a ‘free reader’, they are directed to choose books within their ZPD level as their individual reading book. Within this band, there are a range of difficulties and interest levels for the children to choose from.
  • Key staff in reading roles include a RWI Lead, English Lead, School Librarian and a Reading Champion.  We also employ a member of staff who reads  with priority children every day.
  • Reading achievement is celebrated through a dedicated newsletter.
  • Classrooms have all been redesigned to include reading corners which are used as a mini-library and include recommended texts, books relevant to topics, poetry books and current newspapers and magazines.
  • Knowledge organisers include a glossary to ensure children learn layered language and definitions which supports their comprehension across the wider curriculum and in their independent reading.
  • Reading is woven into all long term plans to ensure we are reading as scientists, geographers and historians.
  • Additional online access to books has been purchased so children have access to an extensive online library.
  • Weekly reading training in place for staff.
  • In order to ensure a wide range of texts are accessed, we are developing the use of the 'Five Plagues of Reading Spines' (Doug Lemov - Reading Reconsidered).
  • Website to showcase our reading intent, implementation and impact.
  • Partner school with Kernow English Hub to ensure best practice teaching of reading.
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  • Carne Hill, St Dennis, Saint Austell
  • PL26 8AY
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St Dennis Primary Academy is part of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 08880841. Registered address: Academy House, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro, Cornwall. TR4 9LD