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The Teaching of Reading (incl. approach to phonics, KS1 & KS2 reading strategies)

The Love of Reading

Inspired by staff training, we developed consistent approaches to our reading areas in classrooms!

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Aims of our School - it's a priority!

At St. Margaret’s Church of England Primary School our aim is for the children to:

  • Become enthusiastic, competent readers who can read with fluency, accuracy and understanding.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of literature.
  • Develop research skills using non-fiction texts.
  • Be able to use a full range of reading strategies e.g. phonics, word recognition, graphic knowledge, picture and context clues.
  • Have an interest in books, read for enjoyment and provide them with a wealth of texts and story patterns for their own writing.
  • Develop the skill of silent reading.
  • Develop imagination and critical awareness through reading experiences of the best examples of traditional and modern literature.
  • Become proficient in the use of more advanced reading skills such as inference and deduction.
  • Have experience of group, shared and individual reading. 

Reading is a key priority in our school.  It is prioritised by our teachers both in the time given of the curriculum over to it, as well as the enthusiasm with which it is taught.

Whe have carefully sequenced the teaching of our reading curriculum from phonics to our reading spine.

Phonics from the Start

In partnership with parents we encourage all children to learn to read as quickly as possible. We have a clear focus on the use of phonics and also understanding of the text – comprehension.

We use Little Wandle as our systematic synthetic phoncis scheme which has pre-approval from the DfE as an accredited scheme.

Here are the resources published by Little Wandle to help parents understand the phonics scheme.  They include downloadable sequence of the phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (way they look).

Little Wandle Parents Page

Phase 2 sounds taught in reception Autumn 1: https://youtu.be/-ZtjFIvA_fs

Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2: https://youtu.be/qDu3JAjf-U0

Phase 3 sounds taught in Reception Spring 1: https://youtu.be/DvOuc7cWXxc

All staff are trained in this scheme and all resources are aligned with it.  We have 'fidelity' to it which means we stick to it and don't use other schemes that might confuse children or change the sequence in the learning.

We have a trained Every Child a Reader teacher that cascades her training to those who support early intervention .

All books when learning decoding are phonic matched to the child's ability and stage of reading development.

Children will over-learn phonics right the way through our school until decoding is secure.


Phonics Booklets for Additional Home Learning Activities

Reading the books the school sends home with your child should be your first priority in supporting your child to read, however we have also offered some suggested activities from the booklets below: 

Phase 1 Phonics Booklet (for Nursery children)

Phase 2 Phonics Booklet (for Reception children)

Phase 3 Phonics Booklet (for Reception children, spring term, Year 1 revision)

Phase 4 Phonics Booklet (for Reception children, summer term, Year 1 revision)


Reading Spine of Books

We have our designed LION Reading Spine based on the best evidence available in terms of quality text.



A love of reading

Talk to our children...we have...and they tell us they love reading!

This is a sample of what we do to meet our reading ambitions:

  • Meeting the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Teacher’s planning ensures coverage of the objectives through various high quality texts.
  • Daily whole class reading, supported by Individual, and group (guided and Reciprocal Reading)
  • Comprehension skills being formally taught so that strategies are in place to enable the children to develop and use higher order skills such as inference, deduction and criticism of texts.
  • Daily phonic sessions in line with Little Wandle (DfE approved adaptation of Letters and Sounds)
  • Each child taking part in daily Whole class Reciprocal Reading sessions led by the class teacher or teaching assistant under the guidance of the class teacher.
  • Individual children being heard read weekly by the class teacher or teaching assistant as necessary.
  • Children whose progress in reading is a cause for concern being targeted by reading with an adult daily and/ or participating in Intervention Programmes such as ECaR, Switch On or Reading and Inference Training.
  • Regular reading at home monitored by class teacher. Student planners being used by parents in conjunction with class teachers to ensure communication between home and school. In Foundation Stage children take home 3 books at a time – a home reader, the book they read in Guided Reading that week and a book from the library.
  • Children’s Student Planners being monitored weekly.
  • The use of a reading reward system through our whole school St Margaret’s Reading Competition whereby children who read for 40, 60 and 80 times per term receive a bronze, silver and then gold certificate and badge.
  • Every child accessing the ‘Active Learn’ website (both at home and in school), which is designed to develop children’s reading through fun and engaging online games and activities.
  • Use of reading targets to enable children to work towards improving their own reading to the next stage for development.
  • Regular class story sessions at FS, KS1 and KS2 used to share short stories or a class novel.
  • The study of a different author every term (Author Focus).
  • Younger children reading with a more experienced partner (Reading Buddies from Year 6).
  • Visits to the school and local library.
  • The promotion of reading through the Learning Environment, annual Book Week, author/ poet visits, during annual Meet the Teacher sessions, new intake meetings and parents sessions in FS and KS1.
  • The opening of our KS1 Library, KS2 Library and Learning Resource Area to children and parents after school to choose books and resources around areas of interest.
  • The use of parents as Big Reading Champions to hear children read individually.



Junior Reading Club - Tuesdays 3.20pm

Everyone welcome from Year 3 – 6

Please get a letter from inside the library, your class teacher or from the school office. 



We are opening the Infant Library

(in School Atrium) on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school to enable parents and children to come share and change books.

Please bring your child’s Students Planner with you which has a barcode to scan the books onto your child’s account.




We are opening the Junior Libraries on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school to enable parents and children to come share and change books.

Please bring your child’s Students Planner with you which has a barcode to scan the books onto your child’s account.

Is your child on track for the new end of term Reading Awards?

Every read at home counts…….sign Student Planners

Bronze – 40 times (same as approx. 3 times every week), Silver – 60 times (same as approx. 5 times every week),

Gold – 80 times (same as approx. 7 times every week)



Calling all parents & grandparents to be Big Read Champions.Please come in on Wednesdays 2.50-3.15pm, to the area outside Year 1 near the main entrance, and help your child’s school by sharing a book with a child.