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Phonics and Reading

Love Learning, Love Life!

‘Let all that you do be done in Love’. 1 Corinthians 16:14

The Reading Curriculum- Intent, Implementation and Impact


To ensure that all children reach their full potential across the curriculum, we take a consistent and rigorous approach to the teaching of reading, starting with a phonics scheme beginning in the early years. We want all children to consider themselves a reader and be able to independently explore genres and texts. We want our children to read widely and often and take part in discussions about their favourite texts. Throughout their school careers, we want to provide children with exciting reading experiences to encourage a love of reading. When children reach Year 4, we want them to be able to read fluently and confidently whilst being able to consider what they have learnt from the text.



When the children begin school in Reception, they begin a systematic phonics programme called Little Wandle. In Reception and Key Stage One, children receive daily 15-minute sessions where they learn a new sound each day. While completing the Little Wandle programme, children read books which are matched to their phonics knowledge. This allows them to apply their segmenting and blending skills and build fluency in their reading style as they read and re-read texts suited to their reading ability.

In addition to their phonics book, children can also take home a library book of choice each week. This is to promote a love of reading and encourage children to read books for their own pleasure. This book of choice is from a wide range of text types in the class library and may sit outside of their reading stage. We encourage families to share these books together with children and support where necessary. 

Reading books

As children move on from phonics-based texts, we use the Accelerated Reader system to ensure that all children are selecting an independent reading book that will allow them to make good reading progress. It also provides teachers and parents with clear information on how well our children understand the books that they are reading. Engagement and motivation are promoted through rewards that are set for children as they achieve their reading goals. Parents who have registered receive an email each time their child takes a quiz which details their level of understanding of the book.

AR allows teachers to monitor pupils’ reading, including the number of words read. Pupils who have read one million words are rewarded with an exclusive green school polo shirt and they wear these with pride. Indeed, reading success is celebrated on a termly basis, with certificates and a whole-school raffle for pupils who reach their individual reading targets.

Children in year 2- 6 take part in regular guided reading sessions in which they will be taught reading skills and given the opportunity to practise these. Children will read regularly with an adult in school either independently or as part of a group.

These reading lessons focus on the VIPERS reading areas.;

  • Vocabulary- discuss words and phrases
  • Inference - inferring character's thoughts, feelings and motives and finding evidence in the text of this
  • Predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • Explain- Identify or explain how information or narrative content is related and contributes to the meaning as a whole.  Identify/explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases. Make comparisons within the text
  • Retrieve information from the text.
  • Summarise or sequence the main ideas from more than one paragraph

Above all else, we want our children to enjoy reading and have the confidence to read independently, exploring a range of genres and authors. All children have access to a library within school, whether this be in the classroom or in a shared area. We have designed these spaces carefully to ensure they are inviting for all children. Across the curriculum, teachers carefully choose high quality texts linked to their topics, interests and to include a range of diversity.


Within the last year, we have offered additional activities to promote reading enjoyment:

  • Library Visits
  • World Book Day – dressing up as book characters and taking part in book day themed activities.
  • Reading challenges both in school and at home. 
  • Teachers visit different classes to read their favourite texts.
  • Daily storytime



We want to instil a love of reading in all children. By using engaging texts in English lessons and in learning across the curriculum, children are exposed to a range of genres and styles. By creating reading rich environments and celebrations across the school year, we want children to see that we are all readers and it is a skill we all need to learn.

As a result of this ethos and a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading, our children will:

  • Read widely and often across the curriculum and be able to extract information from different genres of text. Children will be able to apply their phonics knowledge to decode unknown words and by re-reading texts, will gradually build their fluency.
  • Reach their potential in all areas of the curriculum as they will be able to apply their reading skills to different subject areas.
  • Learn new pieces of vocabulary and gain creative ideas from fiction texts. After listening to inspiring stories, children will be able to transfer ideas into their own writing and be motivated to use higher level vocabulary.