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Reading and Phonics

Reading Intent at Wainscott Primary and Nursery School

All children will read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read securely and with confidence in order to prepare them for all future learning experiences (Building Futures).  

 Reading Routines in Key Stage 1 and 2

All children are in receipt of a daily reading experience, mainly through Guided Reading. Guided Reading is where the teacher works with the children to model fluent, expressive reading, the use of effective reading strategies and to encourage response to texts. It can be a vehicle for both teaching children to read (decode) and for teaching children about reading, including comprehension. Guided Reading enables children to access and enjoy rich, authentic texts which are slightly beyond their independent reading level. Resources used for Guided Reading include fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts. The text is often enlarged to enable all children to see as well as to hear the text. This may be through the use of the visualiser, ICT texts or interactive white boards (IWB).


We encourage children to read to themselves or to others (peers and adults) and to read to a variety of audiences and to hear adults and children read to them.


At Wainscott, we also encourage reading for pleasure. Reading for pleasure means any reading that is primarily for enjoyment. This includes: books, magazines, comics, poems, picture books, newspapers as well as fiction novels. Research has shown that reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, improved wellbeing and an increased insight into the view and opinions of others.


All children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1, receive a discrete phonics session every day. The children are taught in phase groups across each year group. The children’s progress is regularly assessed and they move through the phases at their own pace. Phonics teaching takes place daily and currently follows the Letters And Sounds scheme, children are asked, within a session to revisit, review, practise and then apply their phonic skill. From January 2022 we will be adopting Essential Letters and Sounds.


Essential Letters and Sounds - 'Getting all children to read well, quickly.' 

Essential Letters and Sounds is a Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme that is rigorous and engaging. It enables children to make accelerated progress and supports teachers to ensure that all children, regardless of their background or starting point, keep up rather than ‘catch up’. 

The programme uses a consistent and repetitive approach, alongside interactive whiteboard resources, supporting worksheets, mnemonics and rhymes to enable children to learn to read well, quickly. The scheme also combines continuous and reactive assessment with robust interventions to ensure all children reach their reading potential. 

It aligns with a large number of texts from Oxford University Press which will be used to support phonics instruction at school and at home. 



We have a variety of reading schemes working alongside each other which are colour banded.  Colour banded books help children choose the right books for their reading ability. For example, the simplest books are Band 1, which is pink progressing to the top level of black in which children are reading ready for Secondary School and for their future. These are carefully graded by reading levels known as book bands. This means that when you know your child’s book band, you will be able to select books from different reading schemes with confidence, knowing that they are the right level for your child. Each book band has its own colour. Book banding is a method of grading the reading level of a particular book- see below how book bands correlate with both year group and reading age. This allows children to be guided to appropriate reading material. Books can be graded from the simplest texts, suitable for very early readers, to texts for fluent readers, ensuring that children experience success and progress from one level to the next. Children are encouraged to read daily for at least twenty minutes at home and log their reading in their school reading record. 


All pupils also have access to the Oxford Owl E library which means that should bubbles be closed, the children are still able to access a wide variety of reading books. This scheme was introduced in December 2020. 


 Building Futures

At Wainscott, we aim to develop a love and appreciation of reading which will stay with children for life - building futures. Wainscott Primary School believes that reading is central to a child’s understanding of the school curriculum and is of vital importance in life.

Parent Guides to Support Reading and Phonics

For additional ideas around how you might support your child at home in reading and phonics please visit the parent workshop area of the website.

Parent Workshop Information


Celebrating Reading at Wainscott Primary School

All children at Wainscott Primary School are expected to read at home for at least 20 minutes. This should be recorded in the child’s reading record, by an adult. Children are rewarded with stickers each term for their continued effort in reading. 


How it works:

Children are expected to read at home to an adult 5 times a week (which will need to be recorded in their reading diaries by an adult).

Teachers will check reading diaries (on a set day each week) and if your children have read five times a week for the term they will receive their rewards.

Children will be rewarded with personalised reading stickers for each level.

They will repeat the process each term and move onto the next level.

Children will also be in receipt of weekly reading awards or prizes which will be distributed within the classroom setting.


If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks, they will receive their bronze award.

(One term)

If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks the next term, they will receive their silver award.

(Two terms)

If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks the next term, they will receive their gold award.

(Three terms)

If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks the next term, they will receive their platinum award.

(Four terms)

If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks the next term, they will receive their ruby award.

(Five terms)

If your child reads 5 times a week for 6 weeks the next term, they will receive their OUTSTANDING award.

(Six terms)


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