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At Woolston CE Primary, we intend:

 - for children to become enthusiastic and motivated readers

- to develop children’s confidence in reading a wide variety of genres and text types

 - for children to have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with understanding of what they have read

 - to encourage a love of literature and an enjoyment of reading for pleasure

 - to use reading to provoke thought within children


What do we teach? What does this look like? Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.

At Woolston CE Primary, we have a skills based approach to reading using VIPERS and APE skills within regular Guided and Whole class reading sessions. (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Sequence/Summarise). In our school, our reading curriculum links closely with our writing curriculum; we use a text-based approach that enables us to create opportunities for reading, discussion and writing within English and reading lessons.

In KS1, there is a greater emphasis on phonics; this is then applied throughout the rest of the school to consolidate what has been learnt. Within daily phonic sessions, children have the opportunity to revisit previous learning, practise and apply new skills in structured but engaging ways. Children take home different types of reading books on a weekly basis, including a phonics related reading book, a fiction and non-fiction book based on their reading band.

In early KS2, children may take banded books where necessary. Others will read based on personal choice which are monitored by adults for their appropriateness. Children are encouraged to read daily with at least 3 reading sessions being with and adult/parent.

We encourage reading for pleasure through children having a choice of challenging and enriching texts as well as building in time for children to read independently and as part of a whole class.

Children have daily opportunities to read a variety of material in school, including regularly with an adult either one to one, in a group situation. As a staff we recognise the importance of modelling reading to children to heighten their understanding of expression and the role that punctuation has.

We prioritise the importance and accessibility of reading to all children through reading intervention groups, the Reaching Readers volunteers, top 20 reading lists and rewards system.


Regardless of background, ability or additional needs, by the time children leave Woolston CE Primary, they will:

 - be enthusiastic and motivated readers who are confident and will enjoy reading a wide variety of genres and text types

 - have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read

- be inspired by literature and will read for pleasure

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