At Shadsworth Infant School we aim to ensure early reading is underpinned by good quality phonics teaching. We provide opportunities for children to read across the curriculum to develop knowledge of the world and themselves. Children are provided with opportunities to enthuse them and develop a desire to read for pleasure. Children are given a range of reading opportunities to provide a balance between decoding, word recognition and comprehension skills. Children are encouraged to use independent strategies to self-monitor and correct their own and peers reading, improving fluency. Children read widely across both fiction and non-fiction texts to develop an understanding of story structure, characters and a growing vocabulary for a variety of topics. Every class has daily differentiated guided reading opportunities and focused teaching interventions to close the gap to ensure most children will be able to read fluently and confidently by the end of KS1.