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Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and we use texts to deliver many subjects across the curriculum.




Reading is a Skill for Life

At Wallbrook Primary School we make sure that every child has the opportunity to develop a love of reading. Enjoying and sharing books from an early age encourages children to read for pleasure and interest. It also ensures children recognise the value of reading.


We begin teaching reading with a focus on phonics, using Letters and Sounds (a phonics programme) as basis. The foundations are laid in Pre-School where the focus is on developing careful and accurate listening and having fun with sounds, words and sentences. The children learn good reading behaviour by imitating the teacher. Our children are encouraged to ‘read’ words and captions around our text rich learning environment. Our young children enjoy listening to stories, learning the language patterns and soon know some favourites ‘off by heart’.


The phonics programme continues in reception and into Key Stage One. Parents are encouraged to attend reading workshops where teachers explain how they can help their children at home. Our parents tell us they really enjoy these times and how useful they are! The children’s phonic skills are checked every six weeks in order to track progress and they are grouped and re-grouped accordingly. For some children the programme continues into Key Stage Two.


Alongside the children’s experiences of phonics they also have a wide opportunity to read in school. One element of our reading experience is the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme. The scheme begins in Early Years, where the Oxford Reading Tree books bridge the gap between phonics and richer reading experience. In addition to the Oxford Tree Reading Scheme all children have access to a wide choice of books which appeal their personal interests and ability. We work hard to keep our reading books as up to date and as varied as possible.


We have regular guided and shared reading sessions throughout the week and all children read individually to an adult. There is also time at the end of the day to share stories, poems and rhymes together.


The books our children take home (home reading books and class library books) encourage them, with their families support, to practise and consolidate their growing knowledge and skills.


How can you support your child at home?

  • Talk to them! The most important thing you can do is talk to your child and listen to them when they are talking to you. Teach them alternative words for ideas, or things that they already know.
  • Read to them and always discuss the story you are reading to try to build your child’s comprehension skills and understanding.
  • Practise the sounds they know.
  • Teach your child nursery rhymes and songs.
  • If you are struggling for ideas of what to buy your child for their birthday or Christmas remember books always make a good gift.
  • Join the local library. The library can has a wide range variety of books, including talking books.
  • Listen to your child read every night. Find a quiet time to hear your child read and use lots and lots of praise to encourage them.
  • Look out for our Reading Workshops for Parents and Carers, where you can find out more details of how to help at home.


If you need further advice or help with how best to help, please ask your child’s class teacher. They will be really happy to meet with you.


Useful website links include: This website has over 250 free e-books for ages 3 to 11. It also has top tips, games and activities to help your child develop their reading at home. You will need to register by providing an e-mail address but it is completely free. Phonics Play has several games for your child to play at home. These games link to the Letters and Sounds document used in school.

The BBC provides games to consolidate your child’s learning of phonics For older children the BBC provides games to help develop your child’s comprehension skills