Kippax North Primary School

Reading & Phonics

Learning to Read:

In School:

We use the Read Write Inc. Programme for F1 until graduation off the programme (Christmas Y2).  This involves following the specific pattern of teaching the letter sounds alongside learning to write.  The children are screened frequently (approx. every 8 weeks) and regrouped accordingly to encourage momentum and quick progress.  Books are sent home weekly for children to practice the letter sounds they are learning in class with complementary spellings.


Engaging with Parents:

Strong support for parents through Read Write Inc. home flash cards and parent workshops.


Reading to Learn:

To foster a love of reading we, encourage book reviews and recommendations eg Kippax North Book Awards.  To develop adventurous readers the guided reading texts have been selected to give each year group a breadth of genre and writing styles. By the end of Year 4 the children must have a great stamina for reading and sufficient fluency to understand and therefore derive pleasure from reading.  This means in Years 5 and 6 the children can experience a wide range of narrative genres and read easily when researching projects. 


A typical reading week for KS2 includes:

  • Books changed and monitored for going home from Oxford Reading Tree books in the KS2 corridor. 
  • A dedicated reading sessions either with small groups or whole classes ensure children have the chance to develop comprehension skills. 


A child's diet of books each week:

  • Directed – reading scheme book that is sent home, changed and monitored.
  • Directed – guided reading text
  • Pleasure – school library, School's Library Service book, book from/at home, book from reading corner