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Reading and Phonics


Our aim is to develop a love of reading in all our children across the federation. Children are given the opportunity to read on a daily basis, sometimes with an adult, as a group, as a whole class and independently.
We provide an environment conducive to this by ensuring children are exposed to a rich variety of texts, opportunities to share and enjoy books and the role models they need to experience why reading is so great!


Important skills are taught through shared, guided and independent reading.


  • Guided reading takes place in small groups, reading the same text supported by the teacher
  • Independent reading is one-one with an adult/teacher suppport
  • Shared reading is whole class or larger groups sharing the same text either through listening to it being read or reading the text together.


Our Reading Scheme is book banded across the Federation and supports the way that we teach reading. Books are colour coded and each colour has a range of schemes and publishes to provide a range of books and genres. Our aim is that by the time children reach the Junior School children are confident and fluent readers.

Your child will bring a reading book home. We don’t follow one scheme but both schools have the same colour coded system, which is progressive and links to year group age related expectations. This also allows the children acess to a range of text types, genres and schemes.


All children practice their developing reading skills through phonics lessons, Talk 4 Writing, guided reading and individual reading scheme books (banded).


Each classroom has a reading area either in the room our just outside to encourage access to quality reading material and to support a whole school approach to promote reading.


Both schools have a library that is currently being re developed and re stocked as part of our school improvement plan, to promote the ‘love of reading’.


Year 5/6: Inference and Guided Reading happens every day.

Year 3/ 4 whole class comprehension takes place.

EYFS and Year 1/ 2 children are listened to daily 1:1 with a member of staff or one of our regular volunteers. Comprehension and inference skill are within the English lesson.


The class TA works with a group of children on comprehension skills. The children also complete Spelling, punctuation and Grammar activities.  Assessment is carried out through Head Start Assessment reading tests three times a year and Inference Reading screening. Target Tracker is then used to record the data.


At Unstone we use an effective approach to the teaching of phonics using ‘Read Write Inc’ programme.

Throughout our EYFS and Key Stage One children take part in daily phonics sessions across the school. In Key Stage Two children who need the continued support with phonics continue with the ‘RWI’ programme building on prior knowledge from the Infants.


Below are some phonics based websites and links:
BBC Bitesize “A fun activity to help children at KS1 learn about phonics.”
Family Learning A website with numerous links to phonics games on other websites.
Clifford the dog

Parent video: Introduction to Daily Read Write Inc. Phonics Lessons

Watch this video to find out what you need to know about Daily Phonics Lessons.