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The Teaching of Reading

At Hinguar Primary School we value the importance of reading. It is a necessary skill that we learn as children that brings us a great deal of pleasure.

As a school we have reading schemes to support our children's reading development as they progress through the school.  Children work  through the book banded reading schemes in the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two to then become free readers. We encourage reading links with parents. This is achieved as each child has a reading record book which logs books they have read and comments about their reading which both parent and school staff, contribute to.

Reading at home is actively encouraged as part of set homework with the expectation of reading at home, at least three times a week. For ideas and top tips on reading with your child click on the top tips handout below provided by the best selling childrens' author Jeremy Strong or click on the following websites.

Part of the National Literacy Trust, Words for Life is packed with information and tips for parents as well as a whole host of on-line and downloadable activities for children. It covers baby to 3, 3–5 year olds , 5–7 year olds and 7–11 year olds and has a section on author interviews.

Book Trust brings you the best book recommendations for children's books. They offer monthly roundups of the best new books, booklists, and the ever-popular 100 best books for children booklist. Whether you're looking for recommended books, the best children's books, the most popular children's books, books for 5 year olds, books for 11 year olds, or just information on children's books, this is the place for you. You will also find an on-line book club on this site which is free to join.

We teach reading skills on a daily basis in a variety of contexts. For example through the teaching of synthetic phonics, as part of Key Stage 1 Read,Write, Inc sessions or this may be through analysing a text to appreciate an author's use of language as part of an explicit English lesson or developing comprehension skills through an appropriate topic text.

Below is a link to show the correct pronunciation of the letters in the phonics code.

Guided reading is an important school strategy to support the teaching of reading. Children work in focused groups to develop their reading strategies, skills and their understanding of text.  At school, children get many opportunities to read individually, in small groups through guided reading  and as a whole class.

To further promote our childrens' enjoyment of reading Class Readers: Stories are read to the children on a regular basis and each child wil  visit the school library on a regular basis to change their book.

Apart from the school library and class library, your child can choose a number of books from your local public library. No child is too young to join and they are completely free.

Public Libraries

Southend Library

  • Mon-Fri 9.00am-7.00pm
  • Sat 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Telephone: 01702 612621


Shoeburyness Library
Shoebury Youth and Community Centre, Delaware Road
Southend On Sea
SS3 9NS 

Contact details
Tel: 01702 215011
Renewals: 01702 215011

Opening Times

  • Monday, Friday, Saturday:  9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday:  9:00am – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Lift
  • Free WiFi
  • Public Internet Access
  • Storyrhyme Sessions for pre school children every Friday morning at 10.30am
  • Public toilets, including disabled toilets
  • Hearing Loop
  • Free parking in car park adjacent to the Library
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Photocopying