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Big Reading

In the fast-paced digital world that we live in, it is worth considering for a moment the time we dedicate to exploring reading for pleasure.

Big Reading is a whole-class guided reading approach that gives pupils the time to enjoy the books they are reading and talk about the texts in more detail. Pupils are given time to work collaboratively to build their reading skills and knowledge, leading to a deeper understanding of what they read.

The Big Reading characters help us understand and develop our key reading skills.

  • Rex the Retriever – helps develop our retrieval skills

  • Expi the Explorer – helps us understand how authors use language

  • Ansa the Analyser – helps us understand the key features of different texts

  • Dood the Detective – helps us with our deduction and inference skills

From KS1 pupils start to explore reading skills through 1hour Big Reading style lessons.

In KS2 reading lessons take place over three days:

Monday – Big Reading Lesson

The class text is shared and read, with the teacher explicitly modelling reading skills and prompting whole-class discussions about the text.

Tuesday –Practise

Pupils work collaboratively in groups to practise the skill modelled in the previous lesson.

Wednesday –Apply/Embed

Pupils work individually to complete a mini mission task in which they have to independently apply the skill being focused on.

In conjunction with Big Reading all pupils read independently or with an adult for 15mins a day.

Information for Parents: Reading at Home


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go". – Dr. Seuss

Reading regularly with your child helps them to discover which books, authors and genres they enjoy the most.

There is a growing body of evidence which supports the idea that reading for pleasure has a positive impact on academic achievement. However, evidence suggests that reading for pleasure is an activity that not only impacts on achievement, but also has emotional and social consequences (Clark and Rumbold, 2006).

We know that the demands of everyday life can be great, but finding the time each day to share a book with your child or encouraging them to read could help shape them.

Here are some useful websites full of helpful support and tips for helping your child with their reading:

You may also find these resources useful from our parent sessions on supporting children's reading:

Information for Parents: Understanding Phonics

This video on understanding phonics is ideal for parents of incoming Reception children. It explains what the National Curriculum says about learning to read, why learning to read and spell in English is more difficult than in other languages, and how phonics can help.

Information for Parents: What is Read Write Inc. Phonics?

If your child attends a Read Write Inc. school, watch this video to find out why children love learning to read, write and spell using Read Write Inc. Phonics, how Read Write Inc. Phonics works in school an dhow parents can help at home.

Information for Parents: How to say the sounds

Confused about how to pronounce the sounds found in Read Write Inc. Phonics? Worry not - 5 year old Sylvie is here to show you how! Use this guide to support your child when practising the sounds at home.

Information for Parents: 10 things to think about when you read to your child

Watch our shore parent tutorial - 10 things to think about when you read to your child.

Information for Parents: The Phonics Screening Check

The phonics screening check is a short, simple test taken by Year 1 children in England each June to assess their reading ability. Parents can watch our short video to find out what happens during the check and why it's useful.