The Reading Strategy

The Reading Strategy is a trust-wide approach to develop reading comprehension skills, it takes place every day for 30 minutes in KS1 and 45 minutes in KS2. 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.

All Delta schools teach the same text in each year group which allows for better collaboration and development and shared planning for CPD for all staff. There is a clear focus on core reading comprehension skills which are age appropriate and the strategy develops ‘depth’ in pupil’s reading. The use of a clear structure supports staff and develops confidence in their delivery of reading. All pupils are exposed to high quality texts and discussions despite potential barriers to word reading and comprehension.





Year 1


The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Tin Forest

Year 2

The Tunnel

The Great Kapok Tree

The Twits

Year 3

This Morning I Met a Whale

The Firework Makers Daughter

Charlotte’s Web

Year 4

Stig of the Dump

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone


Year 5

Street Child

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Pig Heart Boy

Year 6

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Black Powder


The core principles of the Reading Strategy are as follows:

  • A 30-45 minutes whole class text reading session
  • Whole class reading taking place during the morning, with a further fluency session in the afternoon.
  • This is a non-negotiable session which must not be missed
  • Use of a Delta-wide approach to the texts covered, supported by non-fiction, poetry and other fictional texts.
  • Texts will last for the term to develop a depth of understanding.
  • 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, often phonics.
  • All year groups will have a reading response book. There should be 3 pieces of written response per week. (independent/guided/ specific). These books reflect the pride and enjoyment in reading children have.

Fluency sessions

Every year group works on the children's fluency ability in the afternoon. This may be through guided reading, 1:1 reading sessions, SEND Project X reading, small alternative book fluency or simply through independent reading. We feel these sessions are essential for the child to develop their reading ability, which in turn enables them to develop their comprehension skills. Volunteers from the community, governors, students and parents all give their time to increase children’s individual reading miles. Reading buddies are created through classes in Key Stage One joining with a class in Key Stage Two; giving younger children the opportunity to hear older children read and show off their own skills in return. The academy uses a variety of different reading schemes including Bug Club, Rigby Star and Project X. 

Home Reading

At Macaulay we encourage children to read every night at home, with use of a book that is age and ability appropriate to supplement the development of reading fluency and comprehension within school. With use of the Accelerated Reading programme, every child in school has a book that challenges their comprehension skills, yet is appropriate for the fluency ability. Children have free choice over which book to pick within their set range, this encourages the enjoyment and love of reading we promote every day at Macaulay.

Story Telling Time

Story telling is an important time in school. This is a set time that happens in sync across the whole academy every single day. The lights are turned down, the children gather round and adults bring stories to life. Children love the time to simply listen to books come alive and this important time is loved by children and staff alike.