Reading At Pheasant Bank Academy

Reading at Pheasant Bank Academy

At Pheasant Bank Academy we encourage children to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in and to establish an appreciation and love of reading.

                        We are a real reading community. All classes are named after books chosen by the pupils. We ensure that we have a wide range of reading materials available for all children including our ‘outdoor book box’, well-equipped library and colour banded books in every classroom. Classes are timetabled to use the library each week and children take library books and colour-banded books home. Our corridors celebrate reading and books with attractive murals and brand new book trees to encourage and motivate children to read for pleasure. We focus on both word reading and comprehension during daily English and guided reading lessons, in order to develop children’s ability to read and comprehend. We choose high quality texts that we can interrogate and unpick with children ensuring the children have opportunities to enjoy learning about different authors. Each class has a class text which is shared daily.


Children are continually assessed with reading assessments completed on a termly basis. Teacher assessment and test results are used to identify children who may need interventions and additional reading. These interventions include 1-1 daily reading for pupils reading below age-related expectation; Read, Write Inc phonics for pupils still insecure with phoneme-grapheme relationships, speed reading for identified Y6 groups and bespoke additional learning of skills.


This year our Year Six children are participating in the Doncaster Book Awards. They are tremendously busy reading and writing book reviews. They have been to Doncaster Dome to meet well-known authors including Julian Clary.