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The Teaching of Reading

  • Reading is a priority at Pinfold Street. Our aim is for all pupils to read fluently, confidently and choose to read for pleasure. 

  • We ensure we provide well-structured lessons teaching explicit phonics and reading skills through RWI phonics, RWI comprehension and reading specific lessons.

  • We explicitly teach the reading skills through VIPERS and we use our reading dogs to help children remember the skills.

  • We ensure our children are exposed to a range of quality texts/extracts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) within our reading and English lessons.

  • Struggling readers receive RWI phonics interventions and are heard read more frequently one-to-one with an adult.

  • Within our reading lessons, each year group builds up their own Vocabulary Vault. This helps lock in vocabulary through pre-teaching and repetition. This vocabulary is then recapped throughout the year and children can embed this within their English lessons.

  • Click here to view the structure of phonics and reading lessons throughout the whole school. 

Promoting a love of reading
  • We ensure that we provide a wide range of books for our children. We want children to enjoy reading and be able to choose a book that interests them.

  • Each year, we take part in World Book Day where the whole school enjoys a range of activities based around books. This is something the children always look forward to.

  • KS2 use Accelerated Reader enabling children to complete a mini quiz after each book read. Children earn points and enjoy the mini quizzes, which also help deepen their understanding.

  • Each class has story time at least three times a week where children just listen to a story being read by an adult.​

Individual Reading at School and Home Reading
  • All home reading and individual reading at school is logged on Boom Reader. If you need help using it or have forgotten your child’s login, please email

  • Home reading books are organised to match pupils’ phonic skills and reading age.

  • Home reading books promote a love of reading: all pupils select a library book to take home, either a family shared book or a pupil interest book.

Monthly Newsletter - Building Readers

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