Reading and Phonics

Reading at Woodlands

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Reading is at the heart of everything we do at Woodlands. One of our aims in English is to develop a love of reading in all children.


We want every child to succeed in reading and writing at Woodlands Primary School. Staff in EYFS and KS1 have recently undergone refresher training on the Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme, which promotes the high quality and systematic teaching of reading and phonics. ‘Read Write Inc’ is a rapid learn to read programme that gives children the tools to read to learn in future life.

At Woodlands, we use inspiring methods to teach the essential skills of linking sounds and letters together to form words, ensuring that children’s early reading and writing skills develop. ‘Read Write Inc’ is taught daily in EYFS and KS1. ‘Read Write Inc’ develops fluent, enthusiastic readers and confident speakers in our school. Through the programme children improve and develop a deep comprehension of a variety of genre of texts, and children are inspired to become independent and confident readers. Children are taught to read and write letter-sound correspondences quickly and to decode effortlessly, ensuring they read with fluency and expression. High quality speaking and listening activities, drama and role play techniques will enhance and support children in their phonic and reading skills development.

Reading sessions at Woodlands

From Year 2 to Year 6, we have adopted a shared, mastery approach to reading at Woodlands. One of our literacy sessions per week is dedicated to reading. These reading sessions will engage the children using a book which links to their writing text and focus on 4 key areas of reading; prediction, clarification of new vocabulary, read and retrieve and read and explain.

Grouped reading sessions will follow each whole class session with a mastery focus, with a specific focus on the mastery learning and providing pupils with the opportunity for discussion in smaller groups with an adult.

Home Reading

The best way to help your child achieve well in reading, and indeed across the curriculum is to hear them read, share and discuss a variety of reading materials as often as you can. Children at Woodlands are expected to read at least 3 times per week, but we urge you to strive for five times a week. The children are provided with a book banded reading book, but are also encouraged to read widely. This may include a range of non-fiction texts such as newspapers, restaurant menus or road signs. Once the children have read at home to an adult, a record of the read should be noted in their home-school reading diary.

As part of our whole school reading reward charts, 3 rewards are agreed at the beginning of each half term. These could include baking, iPad time or extra outdoor play. On a Friday, the children’s diaries are checked and if they have read 3 or more times they travel up the reading chart. It is a real pleasure to see those children who have shown commitment and dedication to reading and reach the top of the reading chart at the end of the half term.

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Reading events

Throughout the year, many events are planned to encourage, inspire and promote reading across our school. As often as possible, we like to invite our older children to share and enjoy stories with our younger children to promote reading for pleasure. Along with this, we have author of the month, world book day and read aloud day events, weekly library visits, visits to our own school library and authors visits to help motivate our children to read.

Due to COVID-19, many of these events are currently unable to take place. We continue to promote our author of the month through whole class reads. We also have a bank of storytime videos avaliable through our school website. 

If you have any questions about reading in our school or your child’s reading progress, please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher or get in touch with Mrs Dutton, our school reading leader or Miss Skillen, our school phonics leader.

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