Reading at Maplewell

‘Teachers prioritise reading. There is a structured approach to teaching phonics. Pupils who struggle to read, catch up quickly. Pupils read often. Pupils listen to adults read stories and they enjoy discussing texts. Teachers make sure pupils understand and can explain the vocabulary they read. Pupils become fluent, confident readers and increasingly competent communicators.’ OFSTED 2020



Reading is at the heart of Maplewell. We have a 40 minute dedicated reading lesson each day, in which pupils follow a carefully planned and differentiated reading curriculum. We aim for every child to leave Maplewell as a fluent reader, with a love of reading and an inquisitive mind. In order to fulfil this vision, we must equip every child with the skills and knowledge required, regardless of their starting point, and unlock the opportunities hidden in a wide range of texts.

Every child is a reader and every teacher is a teacher of reading.

The Reading Curriculum

Pathway B/C

Pathway A

Word of the Week & class read/Private reading

Word of the Week & class read/Private reading


High frequency words (DIPT)

Read and respond: Fiction


Phonics practice: Fresh start booklets/modules on Google Classroom

Read and respond: Non - fiction


Tier 2 Vocabulary (DIPT)

Tier 2 Vocabulary


High frequency words revision/ CGP Books

Vocab retrieval quiz/Inventions/CGP Books


Click HERE to see an example of the Pathway A Reading Curriculum
Click HERE to see an examples of the Pathway B Reading Curriculum

The process of reading

The process of becoming a fluent and confident reader is fourfold:

Phonics: Pupils learn the ‘building blocks’ of words to decipher grapheme-phoneme correspondence. Pupils can read words and sentences. (See page 9 for further information on the teaching of phonics.)
Comprehension: Pupils understand the meaning of the words and sentences they are reading in a text.
Inference: Pupils can decode implied meaning in an appropriate text using prior knowledge and contextual clues, and begin to understand the writer’s intentions.
Fluency: Pupils can read, comprehend and decode inferred meaning independently in a wide range of appropriate texts, building their cultural capital.

Measuring progress

At the beginning of the academic year, pupils will sit the NGRT online reading test. The NGRT is a ‘robust and accurate test of a student's reading ability’ which provides an overall reading age, and allows staff to see how pupils' decoding skills compare to their understanding of what they have

The test will be repeated in the summer term to accurately measure progress.


Pupils identified as requiring extra reading support will receive interventions and support as appropriate from our dedicated Reading Support Lead. Year 7 pupils with a reading age below 6 will follow the B Pathway in English and initially follow the Fresh Start programme until their reading age is above 7 - a point which pupils can read a text with some comprehension.

Pupils with a reading age below 6 in years 8-13 will also follow the Fresh Start programme in their literacy lessons and during tutor time reading. English TA support will be available for these pupils.

Pupils graduating from the Fresh Start programme may require further support with comprehension and inference; this will be addressed in their English lessons and resources and support will be provided for tutors and LSAs.

Direct Instruction Precision Teaching is an intervention strategy used alongside Fresh Start, particularly for pupils with dyslexia. The strategy works by teaching pupils to recognise words on sight, aiding retention through saying the words aloud and ‘laddering’.

The impact of DIPT interventions has been phenomenal- click HERE to read a case study.


For our most able MAP pupils, the dedicated MAP library provides a range of more complex texts, catering to special interests.

For our most able readers in the main school, the ‘free reader’ section of the library has been updated with a range of new and challenging texts to broaden knowledge and vocabulary.