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Our whole school approach - by the English Co-ordinator at Calow Primary School

About our school

Calow Primary School has approximately 200 pupils on roll from 3 - 11. Over the past 2 years we have been developing our approach to reading and moved to a whole class shared approach with a strong focus on Active Reading Strategies, Vocabulary and timely assessment for learning (AfL) to ensure the best progress for our learners. 


This case study shows how one school involved in the project has made the most of the CPD opportunities. Bryony explains how, as Project READ Champion, she has worked with the whole school team to drive improvements in the teaching of spoken language and reading during the project year. 


Project READ took place from April 2018-March 2019. As Bryony explains in the clips, learning from the project year is now embedded in the school's long term development plans.


Clip 1: Introduction Bryony explains the reasons behind a whole school focus on the explicit teaching of comprehension and vocabulary. 

Clip 2: Vocabulary - our plans Bryony explains the school team's long term aims.

Clip 3: Comprehension - our plans Again, Bryony explains the team's long term aims and firmly links the vocabulary work with the comprehension focus.

Clip 4: Reading rulers KS1 and KS2 learners are encouraged to use these visual prompts as reminders of the reading strategies they can use to comprehend texts.


Clip 5: Impact The impact of this whole school focus is now beginning to show throughout school.  

Next steps

Clip 6: Next steps Long term, the school team plans to embed the explicit teaching of vocabulary and comprehension throughout the whole curriculum.


Bryony Franklin, English Co-ordinator, Calow Primary School

Additional information

Would you like to take part in an English leadership project in your school? Project Comprehension EYFS-KS2 and Project Vocabulary EYFS - Year 6 are collaborative CPD opportunities available to primary school clusters in Derbyshire. They build on the robust foundations of Project READ. They will enable schools not involved in the original project to participate in similar, collaborative school improvement projects. Participating schools work in partnership with Derbyshire's Teaching, Learning and Assessment Consultants and with Specialist Leaders of Education from Derbyshire's Teaching Schools. Contact for more information.

1.Introduction. Password for all clips: projectread
2.Vocabulary-our plans
3.Comprehension-our plans
4.Reading rulers
6.Next steps
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