Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Reading and Phonics

Reading is at the heart of our school

Pupils at Woodview are taught to love and value reading. From Early Years they are exposed to a wide range of high quality, representative texts.  Reading is seen to be a valuable, enjoyable and meaningful experience. They develop a range of reading strategies that allow them to tackle the curriculum with confidence. Children are taught to talk about books and significant authors; they are given opportunities to make choices about their reading and taught to ask and answer questions about books. Children have access to books that reflect their interests, heritage and culture as well as texts that expose them to new experiences. A wealth of opportunities for reading are given and a range of texts are available.

“The more you read, the more you succeed”

Reception and KS1: All children follow ‘Letters and Sounds’- a systematic, synthetic phonics system. The Home Reading scheme used in KS1, “Big Cat Phonics” supports the delivery of Letters and Sounds. All KS1 children have a daily engaging phonics lesson which is differentiated to meet their needs, thereby enabling them to make consistent progress. The teaching of phonics is embedded in the curriculum. Where necessary, children in Year 3 will also have access to additional dedicated phonics lessons.

KS2: Children have a daily dedicated reading lesson. Whole class reading texts are chosen to match the topic so that children deepen their understanding of the wider curriculum and gain a better depth of vocabulary understanding. One reading lesson per week is dedicated to reading for pleasure, children are given the opportunity to share and discuss their reading text with each other and an adult. Lexia reading support is used for children that need it. Class teachers and TAs hear each child read at least once a week and individual comments are recorded.

Reading domains and the skills for answering questions for each of the reading domains are taught through reading characters. The use of the characters and terminology is consistent through the school to embed the children’s understanding. 

English lessons are supported by the use of CLPE: “The Power of Reading” resources which use high quality, expertly chosen texts. These are carefully chosen to provide links to the curriculum theme and to reflect the heritage, culture and interests of the children. A range of text types: fiction, non-fiction and poetry, is used across the year for each year group.