How is Reading Taught at Newtons Primary School


At Newtons Primary school, we strongly feel that a love for reading should be embedded from an early age. A wide range of reading strategies are taught throughout school including: shared reading, guided reading and independent reading.

The teaching of reading is divided into two processes—decoding (word reading) and comprehension (understanding of texts). Teachers use a range of reading material, both fiction and non-fiction, to teach these skills.

We use Read Write Inc as our preferred way of delivering high quality teaching of synthetic phonics.

Foundation and Key Stage 1:

Children take part in phonics sessions for thirty minutes, at least 4 times per week. Each session focuses on a different sound which the children practise, use and apply in a variety of activities. Phonics teaching includes phonic work, synthesis and segmentation and spelling of high frequency words. Children are encouraged to use their phonics skills to decode new words in their reading books. Children are assessed every 6-8 weeks and grouped accordingly. Read, Write, Inc is taught in small groups.  We hold workshops for parents to help them become more knowledgeable about Read, Write, Inc and how to help their children at home.

More information about Read Write Inc is available below:

Key Stage 2:

Phonics is not explicitly taught in Key Stage 2, as the focus moves to spelling rules, though phonetic approaches may be used in Spelling sessions. During independent reading, children are encouraged to use their phonic skills to decode new or unfamiliar words.

Once the children are no longer on the Read Write Inc programme (usually by the end of Year 2), they take part in Guided Reading sessions.  In these sessions, children are encouraged to explore story plots, character motivation and the way writers look to inspire the imagination. Adults use a mixture of open-ended questions to develop the children’s understanding of fiction and non-fiction texts. Emphasis is placed on children providing textual evidence to support their opinions and ideas. Children are taught how to skim texts and note important information, using key words.

 Children have access to a quality range of fiction and non fiction books in each classroom and within our school libraries.

We use the Big Cat reading scheme in KS2 to identify steps in children’s reading progress. When children are fluent in their reading and show a good understanding of the highest level books in the reading scheme, they become 'free readers' who are encouraged to choose age appropriate, high quality texts.

Children are expected to read at least 3 times per week and parents are asked to sign their Reading Record to show that this has happened.