At Wansbeck Primary, we aim for children to become independent and confident readers with a lifelong love of reading. We try to give children as many opportunities as possible to read so that they read fluently before leaving our school.

Home readers are Oxford Reading Tree.

In KS1, the Bug Club scheme of books are used for guided reading.

Letters and Sounds is followed for EYFS and KS1 phonics. Children who reach the nationally expected phonics standard in year 1, move on to the Read Write Inc spelling programme.

EYFS and KS1

The journey begins in Foundation Stage 1, where children begin to share reading with parents, sharing school library books together. This continues into Foundation Stage 2. Story time is part of the timetable to expose children to a range of texts.

Children take part in daily phonics lessons which meet the needs of the children, they then move on to spelling sessions when they are ready. This phonics teaching is developed into reading books with the same spelling patterns where possible.

When children enter the summer term of FS2, they begin to take part in guided reading sessions which involve reading books at their own levels. As children progress into KS1, daily “Everybody Read” sessions are held. This ensures that every child reads daily to an adult to develop fluency and accuracy. Children also work on a whole class text. This is mainly read to them in Y1 and read independently in Y2, where children complete a range of comprehension questions on this text covering the content domains.


KS2 children take part daily in whole class reading sessions, a quality, engaging class text is chosen by the teacher as a class text. Previous learning and exposure together with next steps in learning will be considered when making this text choice, ensuring challenge for all learners. Sessions these involve an engaging whole class text which the children discuss and answer a range of questions about, ensuring the teaching of the content domains and developing children’s answers by questioning at the appropriate level.

Children also work on fluency and quick reading strategies as they move through KS2. Whole class reading sessions involve using a range of techniques to improve stamina and apply the skills that they have learnt. This involves teacher modelling, small group works and individual responses to reading.

Reading with your child

Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it is one of the most important things you can do to help your child’s education.

Reading is a key skill that enables your child to access the whole curriculum. In school we encourage everyone to discover the pleasure books can give. We explain that books are not just for reading words on a page but that they can present new ideas and topics for us all to discuss and learn from.

Every day in school we ask your children to read in a variety of contexts, for example, to follow instructions, to solve problems, to research or to read for pleasure. In addition, we hear your children read during guided reading sessions and on an individual basis as appropriate.

We hope that at some point during the week, you and your child manage to find time to share a book and investigate print that surrounds us in our everyday lives. You may like to share a picture book, comic, magazine, poetry book, an information text… the list is endless!

At Wansbeck Primary, we aim for children to become independent and confident readers with a lifelong love of reading.

We try to give children as many opportunities as possible to read so that they read fluently before leaving our school.

As a parent/carer, there are several ways you can help your child develop their reading skills:

  • Make reading and looking at books fun – talk about the characters and what might happen next
  • Try to read with them daily – set aside a special time for reading together
  • Discuss any areas they are interested in and try to provide books that follow his/her interests
  • Try to ensure your child has access to books in different rooms in the home
  • If English is not your family’s first language, try to discuss books in any language. Staff in school will support the children with reading in English.
  • Discuss your child’s progress with the school- if you need support with reading in English, staff in school are more than happy to support the family in any way they can. Opportunities for children to read in breakfast club are also available daily.
  • Visit the library

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