Teaching Reading in Years 1 and 2

Book covers Rabbit and Bear and the Little Gardner
25th January, 2024 - 10:00 am to 15:30 pm


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
Webber Street
London SE1 8QW Map

Books provided

Lunch provided

Resources provided



Key Stage 1


Early Reading Reading


Class Teacher

Phase Leader

Subject Leader

Enhance knowledge and understanding in how to teach children in Years 1 and 2 to read by using literacy strategies specific to best practice in Key Stage 1, in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum.

This one-day course is designed by experts in Key Stage 1 reading provision. It provides subject knowledge in how to ensure progress in reading through the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience necessary for early readers to achieve. Particular attention will be given to choosing and using high-quality children’s literature to support the needs and interests of children and to support a variety of reading practices which are proven to develop children's word recognition, fluency, comprehension and stamina, and which foster reading for pleasure across Key Stage 1.

This course is one of four Teaching Reading courses tailored to the needs of children in Nursery to Year 6, meaning teachers can undertake one course on its own or attend all four courses to embed consistency of practice throughout their school.

What you will learn:

  • Understand how reading develops and how to support progress and achievement in Key Stage 1;
  • The importance of building a culture of reading for pleasure and purpose from the beginning and how to develop strong reader identity in young children;
  • The reading practices and approaches that best support the development of different reading needs, including reading aloud, shared reading, group reading and individual reading;
  • How to identify the features of appropriate, high quality children's books and how to plan experiences around them that support key reading skills, strategies, knowledge and attitudes;
  • How to enable children to build word recognition skills, including using and applying growing phonic and spelling knowledge to decode words in real reading contexts;
  • A range of strategies and approaches that develop comprehension skills, fluency and stamina.

What participants will receive:

As well as a full day training and lunch, all participants will receive two high-quality children's books and planning notes to help put the strategies from the course into practice in the classroom.

Participants will receive joining instructions for the course one week before the training date. If you have any queries, please email courses@clpe.org.uk.



It provided me with the confidence to teach reading in KS1 by sharing resources, lesson ideas and books. I think the handouts in the course were particularly useful.

Course participant 2023

It was great to explore different strategies that could be used in teaching reading. It will impact my planning going forward.

Course participant 2023

It was interactive, useful and specific!

Course participant 2023


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