Reading & Phonics

At Inkersall, our reading curriculum is made up of three strands that are all as important as each other in building our reading culture – pleasure, skills and knowledge.


Our School Reading Culture

Throughout school, we display the love that staff and children have for reading. Each classroom has an area for children to relax and choose a book and has a DEAR (drop everything and read) session to encourage reading for pleasure.

Our amazing library is used by classes throughout the week and helps us to promote the importance of choice in reading.  Our Year 6 Reading Ambassadors and Librarians work to promote a love of reading across school and create displays which help the children to make informed choices when they visit.

Staff are encouraged to read widely and always read their class reader before the children so that they can talk knowledgeably about it together. We have chosen to use the Education Library Service throughout school. Every half term, each teacher chooses boxes of books to support their classroom topics. This means the children have access to a huge variety of fiction and non-fiction texts to support their learning and knowledge building.



Our phonics scheme begins in nursery FS1 by developing those skills needed before learning letter sounds for example, speaking and listening, rhyming, oral storytelling and progresses through FS2. Reception children are taught whole class phonics with a group of children who are still at the pre-phonics stage receiving intervention to develop their phonological awareness.

In EYFS and KS1, we follow the Read Write Inc reading scheme for teaching phonics. This is taught daily in whole class or small groups across a year group, allowing for a targeted approach, which enables all children to be learning at the level appropriate to them, to ensure they make good progress.  Alongside this, we use ongoing assessment to highlight where small groups or individuals may need extra targeted intervention to continue to move their learning on. Our phonics sessions are well paced, consistent and well-structured and our approach is embedded through the rest of our curriculum to apply knowledge and to be successful.

Where needed, children in KS2 have appropriate phonics sessions from Read, Write Inc to support their phonics development and are able to refer back to familiar resources from the scheme to support their reading and spelling.

There are opportunities for parents and carers to attend phonics training and information sessions for advice on how to support children at home with their early reading.

Staff in school have been trained by Read, Write Inc in the teaching and learning of Phonics across the school.


Class Readers

Every class has a ‘real’ whole class book each half term which the teacher will read to develop their love and enjoyment for books. The books have been chosen to give the children access to a really wide range of styles and themes, including classic and more modern texts.  These sessions are very relaxed and the focus is on taking pleasure in books. Our reading curriculum is also planned to allow for extra sessions each week to support deeper discussions based around our text.


Knowledge-Based Reading

Reading is an important part of our wider curriculum lessons and every week some of our reading sessions support the improving of knowledge of the world; they may also link to our class text, providing background information that is needed. They are designed to extend the children’s vocabulary and awareness, and spark interest in new areas. During these, everyone will read aloud, sometimes individually and sometimes using choral reading (all together) and will develop their comprehension skills through a mix of individual, pair and class activities.


Homework Reading

As reading is so important to all areas of our learning, we expect the children to read at home at least 3 times a week. The homework planners provide a place for adults and children to write about what they have read, alongside any tricky new vocabulary. Currently, children in F2 and KS1 take a book home which supports their phonic learning. We use the RWI scheme, but children also take a book home to share with their parents so that the children meet a range of characters and topics and get the chance to enjoy lots of different styles of books. Our KS2 scheme has been carefully colour banded to include scheme books and ‘real’ readers. As children progress through school they can choose their own book from within a colour band to encourage them to make decisions about books and see reading as a pleasurable activity. If a child is still on the RWI scheme their book will match their phonic ability.