Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics

At Shilbottle Primary we see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum that impacts on all learning. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop children’s reading skills. We want children to enjoy reading a wide range of different books and be able to talk about books and authors.

All children are able to take books home at read with an adult, this shared learning will help children to practice their skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.

As well as teaching the skills necessary to become confident readers, we have our own library full of exciting books.



At Shilbottle Primary we use Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, in Year One; this is a systematic approach to teaching literacy.  This has been specially developed to teach your child how to read and write as well as develop their speaking and listening, comprehension, grammar, punctuation and spelling skills. Below you will find handy tips on how you can support your child’s reading at home.


Support your child's reading at home


This system is used in Early Years and Year 1 to ensure all children have access to good quality Phonics teaching.  Children work in small groups for part of the day, they carry out a range of activities including ‘your turn, my turn’ reading,  ‘hold a sentence’, sounding out words etc. Children who need extra support will access RWI in very small groups. We assess children’s progress on a regular basis so all children can be supported.

At the end of Year 1 children will have a simple Phonics test and this will be reported to parents.


Reading schemes
Pupils read through books which are organised by reading fluency and understanding - we use a programme known as Accelerated Reader in school.  Usually, Yellow labelled books are for Key Stage One and Green labelled books are for Key Stage Two.  The pupils know which numbered books they are working at and recognise where their upper end challenge is.  The children are regularly assessed for understanding and their book level is moved accordingly.  Children are encouraged to change their books on a regular basis. We ask parents to read with their children at least 5 times a week and record this in their reading diary.

Opportunities for reading
Pupils also read regularly in other areas of the curriculum and in other parts of the school day through:

Guided Reading - Teachers work with small groups of pupils to teach specific and targeted reading skills in a book that is sufficiently challenging.

Reading Across the Curriculum - Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning.

Story Time - books are read to pupils for them to hear good examples of reading aloud and to develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves.  Class books are shared with pupils, where they read along with the teacher.