Approach to Teaching Reading

Foundation/Key Stage 1 

In Foundation and Key Stage 1 children first learn their letter sounds and names then apply these to word blending for reading.  We use Read Write Inc (RWI) to teach phonics.  This is a recognised, rigorous synthetic phonics scheme.  Children are introduced to the initial letter sounds in Foundation Stage 1.

Children are regularly assessed and then grouped to receive the appropriate teaching for their phonic knowledge.  As part of RWI children read individually, in small groups and as a whole class.  The books studied are strongly linked to their phonic knowledge.  The books include a variety of different genres.  Once this book has been read the children then take this book and another closely matched book home to read.  The reading pack sent home provides parents with other reading activities.

Children take home a levelled book according to their ability and stage of Read Write Inc (RWI).  This may be from the Oxford Reading Tree series, Read Write Inc (RWI) book bag book or Bug Club.  Each child has a reading folder and a home school reading record that teachers and parents can use to share information about a child’s reading.  Parents are encouraged to read with their child daily.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 children take part in daily guided reading sessions: lower Key Stage 2 following a more structured group approach using books from the Bug Club series, and upper Key Stage 2 using a whole class approach using longer texts often loaned from the library. As part of these sessions, children complete short comprehension and text-based activities within reading journals.  Children also enjoy a class novel which is read at the teacher’s discretion at a time within the day.  Extra provision is made for children who require support through intervention programmes and differentiated class teaching.


In Key Stage 2 children choose books to take home and read from their class library.  Those children who still require a more structured approach to reading have access to the banded Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club series of books to help them continue to grow in confidence as readers with a text that appears appropriate for their age group. We still encourage all readers to share a book at home with their grown-ups at least three times per week.  We believe that this not only helps to develop inferential skills, but also supports a lifelong love of reading.