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Learning and assessment at Ashford Park

English, Reading, Writing


At Ashford Park we believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners, during their time at school and beyond.  Reading is central to our ability to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us.  Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore reading is given a high priority at Ashford Park, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers.


Here at Ashford Park we use a whole-class guided reading approach where rich and challenging texts are at the centre of our lessons.  An assortment of reading skills are taught alongside the text, which provide the children with the skills to comprehend and understand a variety of genres.

Why this approach?

  • It is a focused approach where reading skills are explicitly taught.
  • It expands pupils’ vocabulary and deepens their understanding of the texts they are reading.  
  • Children are able to access rich and challenging texts, with the opportunity to learn from each other and discuss different perspectives.
  • This approach enables verbal discussions and written responses.
  • It increases the children’s stamina for reading.

How is reading taught?

Whole-class reading follows a similar structure to other taught curriculum subjects; there is one learning objective for the whole class based around the same text and the desired reading skill(s) to be taught.

Over the course of the week, the children complete a range of activities that are devised by the teacher depending on the themes, structure of the chosen text and the focus of the reading skill/s being taught that day:






New Vocabulary from the text is introduced

Children make predictions


Teacher reads the text


Children use summarising skills after it's read

Children read an extract and use ‘Book Talk’ to answer:

Find it… (Retrieval)

Explain it…

and Link it… (Inference) type questions

Children respond to written questions and are trained on ‘how’ to answer these


Follow up Friday

[selected objective]


1:1 reading

Whole-class guided reading takes place from Year 1 (when ready) to Year 6.  Children in Year 1 initially focus on their phonics and are gradually exposed to this approach.

Rationale for the teaching of Writing at Ashford Park

At Ashford Park we believe that learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Children use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum. Good writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world. Writing makes a significant contribution to the development of children as thinkers and learners and independence, creativity and individuality is encouraged.

How is WRITING taught at Ashford Park?

At Ashford Park, children are given regular opportunities to write to inform, persuade and entertain through daily lessons. Each term there is a Fiction unit, Non-fiction unit and a poetry unit. These are based around a key text, which can, where appropriate, be linked to the term’s topic or Science work. In each of the units, children will be introduced to a model of excellence to show the expectation for the end of the unit. Within the unit, up to 3 grammar and spelling objectives will be introduced.


  1. Common Exception words years 1 and 2Download
  2. Common Exception words years 1, 2, 3 and 4Download
  3. English GlossaryDownload
  4. Writing text typesDownload
  5. Writing workshopDownload

Ashford Park
Primary School

Station Crescent, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3HN

01784 250305

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