Following the changes to the National Curriculum from 2014, the aim of reading at Bradley Green is to develop the reading Vipers and enable children to reach Greater Depth in reading. All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.  The whole school uses the Power of Reading as its driver for English- this approach uses only the highest quality texts and uses a range of teaching strategies that develop vocabulary development, collaboration and appreciation of a range of authors and illustrators from a range of cultures, backgrounds and historical and geographical contexts.  Where possible these link with our key topics to give children the best opportunities to link their new vocabulary and knowledge.

Power of Reading Enquiry - March 2019

We were lucky enough to be chosen as one of three Enquire Learning Trust schools to showcase our English curriculum and how we have developed our approach using The CLPE Power of Reading teaching strategies and high quality texts.
The enquiry was led by Ronnie Wood (Director of Learning and Innovation at Enquire Learning Trust), Anjali Patel (Lead advisory teacher for CLPE) and Jonathan Rodgers (Primary Advisory teacher for CLPE)
We are very proud of how well our approaches are embedded across school and our Academy Improvement Plan priorities have played a big part in how successful this approach is too.


Useful Documents



Reading for Pleasure

Learning to read is a right of all children.  We encourage pupils to read for pleasure to ensure they get access to the very best that is out there.  Classes have class story books, teachers encourage children to recommend books to each other and our librarians are on hand at lunchtime to offer great reads.

Below are 50 recommended reads for each year group.

Recommended Reads


School uses the Read Write Inc scheme for the delivery of phonics teaching from Nursery to Year 2.

Fundamental reading skills

In order to master the reading curriculum teachers must develop the core comprehension skills. Using the reading VIPERS question stems, questions can be quickly generated. Teachers can ensure that all of the main comprehension skills are covered weekly, taken from VIPERS. Class teachers must ensure that they choose high quality and age appropriate texts to share with their class. In school we have several resources that provide a wide range of text types. Literacy shed + has planning linked to VIPERS, and the Primary Education books are also a good starting point.

Children must have time to also free read to help develop the love of reading.

Children have a range of reading schemes to choose from including Oxford Reading Tree, Fireflies, Project X and a range of real books.

All children are encouraged to read at home - not just their reading book, it could be a library book, the newspaper or comics!

Spellings are sent home each week and tested the following week.