How we teach Reading

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. Early readers benefit from access to a wide range of texts from several different reading schemes, including ‘The Oxford Reading Tree,’ ‘Rigby Star’ and ‘Phonic Bugs’ and 'Read Write Inc.'The school library ensures that each child can access books on a regular basis.

Working with parents is very important to us; one of the ways in which we develop home / school links is by encouraging parents to read with and to their children at home. We expect children to be given a love of reading to determine a good reading stamina as they grow in their independence.

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.'

In Key Stage 2 children learn to use a variety of spelling patterns and are expected to apply their knowledge to their writing across the curriculum.

 This video will explain how children are taught to pronounce the different letter sounds: Read Write Inc

Please click on the useful links below that help support our curriculum:


Oxford Universtiy Press

Rigby Star

Letters & Sounds