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King's Hedges Educational Federation

Excellence, achieved through care, creativity and challenge.

King's Hedges Educational Federation

Excellence, achieved through care, creativity and challenge.


All children in the school are encouraged to develop a love of reading both in and out of school. As reading is such an important skill for children to be able to access learning across the curriculum and in developing their imagination, we place a large emphasis on getting children to read as soon as possible.

For information regarding Oxford Reading Buddy (ORB) please click here

Reading for Meaning

In reading for meaning children learn to apply a variety of comprehension skills which help them to understand, analyse and evaluate texts that they are reading.

As the children become more familiar with these skills they will be able to use them independently and identify which skill they need to use and when.

Below are the skills overviews for year 1 to 6. Please have a look at them and then encourage the vocabulary at home when you are reading with your child or discussing their book.

Your children have been assigned reading comprehension as part of their remote learning.

Here is a video demonstrating our actions to help us remember the various reading for meaning skills:

Reading for Research

In order to investigate more facts about our themes, pupils sometimes engage in a Reading for Research session, in which they may have to work either independently or collaboratively to navigate websites and textbooks, looking for the answers to the set questions.

Reading for Writing

Pupils are always provided a good example as part of their week’s writing sequence. They use this to learn about structure and effective language relevant to their purpose and audience. Click here to learn more about KHEF approach to writing.

Reading for Pleasure

KHEF believes pupils should be given the tools to read as early as possible so that they can access high-quality, engaging children’s literature as well as the wider curriculum. Alongside accessing our extensive library, pupils’ understanding of these books is monitored through Accelerated Reader (links with more information are found at the top of this page). A recent school council survey also revealed how popular our termly class novels are.

World Book Day

For this year’s World Book Day, we celebrated Michael Rosen. Pupils were given a range of tasks to complete relating to Michael’s poems including building a bear cave, baking a chocolate cake and writing an advert for a nice teacher (following the retirement of Michael’s infamous character in ‘No Breathing’!)


We also held a poetry recital competition of ‘These are the Hands’ – please watch the video to see the winning performances!