Reading & Phonics

       Reading at Woodland Primary School


At Woodland we believe that reading is the key to success in education and strive to provide our children with a life long love of reading. Woodland is committed to ensuring that every child is a competent reader at the end of key stage one and a confident reader at the end of key stage two. We embrace a love of reading by ensuring that reading runs throughout the curriculum and the children are read to every day and read every day. Our children will be taught the skills for reading through the  systematic phonics programme Read, Write Inc.



Read, Write, Inc.- Phonics and Reading

Read, Write, Inc. takes place daily in Early Years and Key Stage 1 and also daily for any children requiring it at Key Stage 2. The children develop their early skills in  Nursery and continue throughout school until they have completed the programme. RWI includes short, sharp tasks ensuring children are involved and engaged throughout the whole session. It is designed to create fluent, independent readers, confident speakers, independent spellers and willing writers.


RWI links phonics with reading and writing. During a typical RWI session, (although this structure can vary depending on level) children will learn a new sound and practise reading words containing that sound. They will then focus on formation of letters and writing words using the new sound with an emphasis on spelling. During the week children will also be introduced to a new book  (linked to new sounds learned). They then are taught the green and red ‘tricky’ words contained in the book and taught reading strategies that they can employ in their reading of the text (variety of fiction and non-fiction books). Children will then work with their reading partner to read through the text, supporting each other as they read. Good examples of reading are shared and the children work in partners to answer a variety of questions related to their book to develop their comprehension skills.
Children are able to apply their phonics knowledge to reading daily - the link is seamless!

If you would like more information about Read Write Inc.  click here to watch this useful video.

Parent video: What is Read Write Inc Phonics - YouTube

     Feel free to contact school and discuss how to support your child further with  a member of our English team or child's class teacher.


 At Woodland we teach word reading and comprehension through independent, guided, whole class (Destination Reader - see DR page) and shared reading.   We ensure that children are read to from a class novel or book every day and visit the town library and local 'BookCycle' wherever possible. We embrace a love of ‘book talk’ throughout school where children and adults are encouraged to discuss their opinions about what they have read during the school day and at home. Every child has the opportunity to celebrate their reading through whole school reward systems and during special occasions such as assemblies, and events such as Roald Dahl Day and World Book Day.

We use the RWI Home readers from EYFS and KS1 until the child reaches National book band level.  Children then move on to Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme books and the Woodland Big Book challenge(see below) at KS2.We endeavour to ensure that every child’s reading follows a systematic, organised and targeted approach in order to secure excellent progress. The schemes encompass a wide variety of texts, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play scripts, graphic novels, classics etc. to ensure coverage of a range of text types. At FS and KS1 the RWI home reading scheme books follow an order that will closely match every child’s specific phonological development. We aim to enrich the partnership between school and home to ensure that every child reaches their reading potential. As well as our reading scheme books, children in KS1 are given the opportunity to take home a colourful story book each week to share and enjoy with a family member. This broadens their reading choices and gives them the freedom to develop their tastes as a reader and understand that reading has a purpose and place in their lives outside of school.


Reading at Home

As a school we promote reading for our children and encourage that this is extended to their life at home .

We provide all children with a Woodland book bag, reading record and reading book, and encourage parents and carers to take time every day to listen to their child read, and engage in ‘book talk’.

It is crucial that all children have their book bags in school every day and read at home regularly with an adult which should be recorded in their reading record. Children’s reading records will be checked daily and books changed accordingly. We run a reading reward programme as follows:

  • Stars- Children in KS1 are awarded a star in their reading record every day they have read at home. The more they read, the more stars they can earn!

    Certificates - Certificates are awarded for every ten stars.
  • Prizes- For every sixty stars achieved, children will have earned a brand new book to take home and begin their very own library.
  • Star Reader- A ‘star reader’ is chosen by every teacher each half term for effort and achievement in reading. They win a prize in Headteacher’s assembly.
  • Reading reward trips- Children who are chosen ‘star reader’ are rewarded with a trip out of school to celebrate their efforts in reading.

We believe that life is an amazing journey, and reading is the ticket to our dream destination. Join us in making sure that your child reaches their potential.


Woodland Big Book Challenge

After completing the Read Write Inc. scheme, children will apply the skills they learn using the Oxford Reading Scheme at home. They begin at Level 10 and move through the scheme progressively up to Level 20. If appropriate once the children reach Level 11, they will start the Woodland Big Book Challenge. When a child starts on the challenge they alternate between a reading scheme ORT book and a book chosen from the relevant level of 'Big Books'.  Combining the two approaches ensures systematic skill progression whilst also fostering a love of reading. 

Our 'Big Book Challenge' is made up of a selection of new and classic fiction that the children can work their way through. They are organised by level- BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD & PLATINUM. We aim for children to begin on the Bronze level in Year 3 and to progress through to being on the Platinum level when they start in Year 6. There are a selection of books in each section for the children to choose from, some "Fresh off the shelf" whilst others are literacy classics! The children will read these books during school time and at home as usual. When they finish a book they will be 'quizzed' by an adult expert in school who will then decide if they are ready to progress onto a new title.

We LOVE hearing 'Book Talk' going on around our school, and not just between staff and children but more importantly between the children themselves! Children are beginning to openly discuss their favourite books from this scheme and to give recommendations to their friends!

We have seen a HUGE shift in the reading culture around school as our children move from 'Competent readers' to 'Confident readers'!!

 Destination Reader

We are very excited about ‘Destination Reader,’ our brand new approach to teaching reading at KS2.

The approach promotes collaborating and making talk a central part of learning! Destination Reader enables all children to access real books of a high quality that are engaging and exciting while, deepening their understanding by unpicking extracts together. Its main focus is on the key reading strategies: inferring, predicating, summarising, evaluating, making links/connections and questioning which support comprehension skills.

Our aim at Woodland is to foster and embed a LOVE for reading! Children do lots of reading and talking through their ideas (using sentence stems) about the extract with their reading partners and love the opportunity to explore vocabulary, build on and challenge each other ideas- creating a well-rounded understanding of the text.



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