Approaches to the Teaching of Reading and Writing

The teaching of basic skills is very important to us and is something to which we give priority. We teach reading through independent reading, guided reading (when a group of children at a similar stage work on a specific skill with an adult) and shared reading (when an adult works with a group or whole class and models some of the reading for the children). Reading takes place across the curriculum, not just in English lessons or in designated reading sessions.

Home Reading, Phonics and Spelling

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 participate in daily phonics sessions, the sessions are supported through 'Read Write Inc.' Children taking part in these lessons will have a small Read Write Inc reading book to read at home. This video will explain how children are taught to pronounce the different letter sounds: Read Write Inc



Click here for some fun phonics games,  or here.

When children finish the Read Write Inc phonics scheme (usually from Year 2 onwards) children learn to use a variety of spelling patterns and are expected to apply this knowledge to their reading and writing across the curriculum. These children will be able to choose a book from the school library, from a given book level. Children are regularly tested using Accelerated Reader, to ensure that children are choosing books from an appropriate level. Children reading a book from the school library are expected to:

  • Read for 25 minutes per day
  • Complete a reading quiz in school, as soon as they have finished a reading book
  • Choose a book from a public library/ shop/ home using AR book finder from their given reading level, if they would prefer these to the school library books.

Parents/ carers can monitor their child's progress using Accelerate reader - Home Connect
Please speak to your child's teacher, Mrs Carr, or Mr Hemmings if you require more help or information.