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Shoreham Village Primary School

Learning today for tomorrow’s world

Teaching Reading

Joy of Reading

It is our aim that all pupils in our school will develop a wide, rich vocabulary and a love of reading that will stay with them throughout their lives.


Early Reading

In the Early Years Foundation Stage and through Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) we teach reading using a Department for Education validated systematic synthetic phonics scheme called Read Write Inc (RWI). 


RWI is taught daily by trained staff to all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.


Pupils in Year 3 who have not yet developed the required level of phonic knowledge will receive targeted interventions based on RWI so that they can make rapid progress to acquire these necessary skills.


For early readers, we will match reading books to the phonic sound that your child is learning that week.


We also provide reading books from a range of reading schemes to ensure pupils have the opportunity to consolidate their reading and comprehension skills before moving onto the next level.  Books that do not match pupils phonic knowledge should be read by an adult to support the child's development and understanding of vocabulary and comprehension. 


All pupils in Year 1 will sit a Phonics Screening Check that will assess their phonic knowledge by checking the sounds they can recognise and say.  Pupils who do not achieve the national level in this Check will receive targeted support throughout Year 2 and will resit the Check at the end of Year 2.


Reading in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

Once pupils have acquired synthetic phonic knowledge they will be supported by school staff to choose engaging and age appropriate 'free-reader' books that match their level of reading skill and comprehension.  


The daily teaching of reading will continue throughout Key Stage 2.