Mr A Pembleton BEd (Hons) NPQH
'Learning Together to Achieve Forever'

Reading at Wrekin View

At Wrekin View, our aim is for all of our pupils to become confident, fluent readers who love to read for pleasure.

 As a school we use Oxford Reading Tree & Collins Big Cat books, which include phonically decodable books, as well as banded ‘real’ books using the book bands scheme.

The provision for children’s reading is meticulously organised, from when children start in the nursery through to becoming literate 11-year-olds.  Teachers read good quality texts to children as part of literacy lessons and story time.  All year groups have story time at the end of the school day where the children listen to a variety of stories read by the class teacher.

The school has adopted Read Write Inc, as a scheme to teach phonics to all of the children.  All of the children are assessed and using the Read Write Inc assessment which will determine which group they will work in.  The Read Write Inc sessions begin at 9.00am and last for 25 minutes.  The children will have a reading book that is linked to their phase in Read Write Inc.  Every 6-8 weeks, the children are assessed again so that they can see their progress and move into a different group, if necessary.

Each class has a welcoming reading area within classrooms with a variety of non-fiction and fiction books. Around the school are a number of reading pods and a KS1 library for the children to use.

Foundation stage


Children enter Nursery with a range of early literacy experiences.  The majority of children arrive with language skills well below national averages.  The children take part in early phonics and move onto the Read Write Inc lessons, when they are ready.  To begin with, the focus of Early Phonics is to develop language skills through songs, games, toys, stories and rhymes. 

Children get to know core books well each half term, and a wide range of resources stimulate interest in reading and writing. Literacy work is extended through imaginative role play.


Children are given books to take home which are colour banded to match the Read Write Inc phases.  Parents are encouraged to record and comment on their child’s reading in a reading record.  As the year progresses children build up to a daily 20 minute guided or shared reading session.  For these sessions, some children will be beginning to follow a structured guided reading session.  Teachers use story sacks, sound sacks and big books as part of teacher led focus activity.

Key Stage 1

Read Write Inc continues in Key stage 1 (daily for 25 minutes), where the children develop their skills at segmenting and blending working through the phases.  Children in Year 1 are assessed through the national phonics-screening test in the summer term. Any children who did not achieve the expected level in the Year 1 phonic screening test, will be supported through a phonic intervention programme and be reassessed at the end of Year 2.  

A daily, guided reading session takes place for about 25 minutes.  A range of activities is planned for these sessions to allow the teacher and TA to focus on a small group of children each day and for children to develop their independent reading skills.  On most days, a group of children from KS2 will support individual children in their reading.

Parent helpers and volunteer readers regularly support reading within our school.  Teachers identify individual children who will benefit from a more focussed session.

All children take a book linked to their Read Write Inc stage and parents are encouraged to listen to their child read at home and add their comments on a reading record.

Core texts are used to enrich the daily literacy lessons.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 a daily-guided reading session which is whole class based. We have one high quality text every half term which generally links to our Topic learning. The children will read the text 3 days a week which includes a class discuss and well-planned questions to deepen the children’s thinking and learning. These questions are linked to the National Curriculum and are carefully planned. The children will complete two follow-up activities with one being a comprehension. The children are challenged to answer 1mark, 2mark, 3mark and 4mark questions which enables them to be prepared for future assessment.

All children have a wide choice of independent colour banded fiction and non-fiction books to take home. Children are encourage to read a high quality text. They are expected to read at home every night, either independently or with a parent/carers.  A record of this should be kept in the reading diary by children or parents/carers.


Around our school you’ll see many reading areas where the children can enjoy a book at their pleasure. The children are encouraged choose new books, read for pleasure or research a chosen topic from these areas on a daily basis. At lunch time, there is a reading club where children come to read independently, engage in high quality text, listen to other children read, share books with friends, complete follow up activities, listen to audio stories and lots more. During this club, the children have the opportunity to use the library areas around school. The children take ownership of these areas, ensuring they are kept neat and tidy.

Planning and Assessment

Guided Reading planning focuses on questions which are linked to the National Curriculum that develop the children thinking as well as language questions to enhance vocabulary. One or two learning objectives are focused on every week, in both word reading and follow-ups, which allows the children to build on and deepen their learning. Teachers ensure assessment happens every day. Every half term, the children will complete assessment test. This, along with teacher judgement, provides a detailed insight into the children’s progress.



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