GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

English - Reading

Welcome to our Reading Curriculum

At Cuddington Croft, we aim to inspire and foster a love of reading amongst our pupils. Reading is fundamental to the development of children and the foundation for their learning throughout their time at school. We develop this love through exposing children to a range of high quality texts in our English and Guided Reading lessons; our school and class libraries and a range of theme days and weeks such as Story-Telling Week, where teachers choose engaging and high quality texts for children to build on their oracy and story telling skills, World Book Day, where purposeful activities are planned to celebrate and share children’s favourite books/characters, Usbourne sponsored R&R Week and the Scholastic Book Fair, which promote and encourage a love of reading through rewards to buy new books of their choice, author visits to inspire children, reading buddies and paired reading where each class pairs up with a class of a different key stage to share books of their choice. 

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Our Reading Intent

Our children will be exposed to an extensive range of high quality texts, fiction and nonfiction, both in well-stocked classroom reading areas and the library which is regularly used by all classes. Reading schemes will encourage children to select books that are appropriate for their developmental needs and cover a range of interests. Children will read not just with fluency and understanding but with enjoyment and confidence. Reading skills enable children to comprehend and engage fully across the curriculum and build the cultural capital necessary. Children’s reading attainment will be assessed to identify and close gaps quickly and effectively. The quality of texts and teacher modelling will support pupils in developing their language and vocabulary across the curriculum. Building on the children’s prior knowledge of the assessment focuses, the new reading domains will be introduced. Using these, children’s reading skills will continue to be consolidated and applied to a range of age appropriate texts. 

Implementation - how do we plan and teach Reading?

In Years 2-6, there are five Guided Reading lessons a week, including two whole class sessions at the start of the week and a carousel of reading activities at the end. During the first whole class session, the focus is on improving children’s vocabulary by pulling apart the text and learning how to use any new vocabulary within their writing. The second session is targeted teaching on a specific reading domain to help develop the children’s comprehension skills. As part of the carousel, children complete an independent comprehension activity, review their understanding with an adult and also complete a further reading activity linked to the weekly text or their own reading book. This enables teachers to continue to stretch, challenge support and guide the children at a more targeted level. Comprehension activities are created according to children’s needs. Key Stage 1 mainly use a range of short texts from the Reading Explorers Skilled Based Programme while Key Stage 2 use a range of novels and short texts from the Reading Explorers Skilled Based Programme. In writing units that are linked to texts, comprehension tasks will be completed to ensure and develop the children’s understanding of them and will ultimately feed into their writing. 

Within Guided Reading lessons and 1:1 reading, struggling readers are identified and bespoke interventions put in place. Those who are secure readers are given opportunities to demonstrate a greater depth of understanding through extended answers, targeted questioning requiring more reasoned answers and making greater links across and between texts.

Early Reading:
In EYFS, Year 1 and 2, decoding, blending and comprehension skills are taught through Read Write Inc. (see our Phonics section). Through this scheme, children are provided with materials which are closely matched to their phonic knowledge. 

Impact - what does progress look like? 

Weekly whole class skills based sessions will be evident across Years 2-6 and create opportunities for reading domains to be explicitly taught and in depth discussions about the texts read held, including the use and definitions of new vocabulary in context. Children will have high quality discussions about the language used and a multitude of different domains being explored depending on the need of the children in each class. Children will be able to explain the benefits of the whole class sessions and how it prepares them for any assessments due to the range and style of questions, as well as discussing how what they read can have an impact on their writing.

Phonics and Reading work collaboratively as one subject. Please see more information on our phonics scheme which is specific to our Read, Write, Inc programme.
When our children leave Cuddington Croft, a good learner in Reading will...

Have a love for reading.

Be exposed to and enjoy reading a range of texts.

Be able to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.

Make comparisons within and across books.

Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader.

Be able to write for a range of audiences and purposes using accurate grammatical features and a wide range of ambitious and effective vocabulary which draws on what they have read as models.

Love for Reading

As we continue to promote 'Love for Reading,' we have 100 books to be read for Reception, Years 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. Take a look below. How many of these books have you read already?


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100 BOOKS TO READ IN RECEPTION 13th Dec 2021 Download
100 BOOKS TO READ IN YEAR 1 AND 2 13th Dec 2021 Download
100 BOOKS TO READ IN YEAR 3 AND 4 13th Dec 2021 Download
100 BOOKS TO READ FOR YEAR 5 AND 6 13th Dec 2021 Download
Our Reading Literature Spine 10th Mar 2022 Download