The Reading Strategy

The Reading Strategy is a trust-wide approach to develop reading comprehension skills, it takes place EVERY day for a minimum of 30 minutes. It incorporates age-appropriate, challenging texts which vocabulary rich therefore pupils are exposed to text which enables them to respond using a greater range of vocabulary. The chosen texts are:

The core principles of the Reading Strategy are as follows:

  • A 30-40 minutes whole class text reading session (Additional reading time to be organised by the school)
  • Wherever possible, whole class reading should take place during the morning.
  • This is a non-negotiable session which must not be missed
  • All Academies must use the set texts provided.
  • Texts will last for a term.
  • Text used in the reading session will be separate from literacy or wider curriculum work.
  • Teachers identify children who are working below or well below ARE who will need support (in addition) for fluency and decoding.
  • All year groups will have a reading response book. There should be 3 pieces of written response per week. These books reflect the pride and enjoyment in reading children have.
  • These sessions will be supplemented with non-fiction or poetry each week to ensure a broad range of literature is experienced.


In addition to the Delta Reading Strategy, the children at Strand Primary Academy have access to a range of 1:1 reading texts. Predominately in Early Years and KS1 these are taken from the Ruth Miskin RWI scheme but the school reading scheme books are supplemented throughout each phase to ensure a broad and balanced collection of genres are available. Children are encouraged to read at home daily and receive rewards in our half-termly ‘Book Busters’ assemblies to encourage and develop a love of reading.