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Reading and Phonics

Our Vision for Reading

‘Reading is the Key’

At Wilthorpe Primary School, we aim to develop reading skills with our pupils in order to improve their life chances, provide them with life skills and to promote reading for pleasure and enjoyment.

We believe that reading is the key that can open doors for our pupils; it stimulates their imaginations and improves their language and vocabulary skills. We aim to create confident, enthusiastic readers who are keen to discuss books and their interests through independent reading.

Reading for pleasure contributes to educational success, our journey to success focuses on developing a life-long love of reading and equipping our pupils for the next stage on their journey.


How will we achieve our reading vision?

We will ensure that reading is the key in our school by:

  • Getting children off to a strong reading start by following the Read Write Inc synthetic phonics scheme.

  • Teaching reading comprehension consistently by using VIPERS questions (vocabulary, inference, prediction, retrieval, summarising).

  • Allowing every child the opportunity to read for pleasure and to follow their own interests through dedicated reading time e.g. reading buddies.

  • Allowing every child the chance to use the library and to borrow books.

  • Encouraging reading at home by sharing the percentage of children who read at least 4 times a week in special assembly.

  • Providing an inviting book corner filled with books that match the ability and interests of our children.

  • Celebrating key reading events, such as world book day.

  • Teaching writing through a key text wherever possible.  

  • Allowing children to listen to high quality texts and vocabulary through daily story or poem time.

  • Be supported by experts from the Jerry Clay English Hub, in order to ensure that our reading offer is the best it can possibly be. 



Our Vision

We are committed to improving standards in reading, phonics and writing within our school. In order to ensure that every child gets off to a strong reading start, we follow the Read Write Inc phonics scheme.

We teach Read Write Inc as we are dedicated to ensuring that every child is able to read by the end of Key Stage 1.  All of our staff have received Ruth Miskin Training and as a school we are consistently working towards raising standards in reading and writing for our children. 

Our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children have daily Read, Write, Inc. sessions and we will support our most vulnerable readers with extra one–to–one teaching every day.  Children with gaps in their phonics knowledge or reading fluency in Key Stage 2 will be supported through high quality Read, Write, Inc. teaching and intervention.

To find out more about the programme and for information about how to support your child at home, click on the links at the bottom of this page.


How it works


Children start their Read Write Inc  journey as soon as they join Reception class. By making a strong start, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read.   It also allows them to apply their phonetic knowledge to spelling so that they can put their energy into composing what they write.

Children are assessed and grouped according to their sounds knowledge and reading speed / accuracy. They will work with a teacher or teaching assistant and will be assessed half termly by Mrs Walker to ensure that swift progress is made. Children will take home a RWI book as soon as they can blend sounds into words. This book will be changed at least weekly and the book should be read easily (fluently) by your child so that they can thoroughly understand what they have read. 

The sound that the children are taught are split into sets. They are listed  below:

Set 1: 


 Set 2 / 3:



RWI information for parents

If you have any queries regarding your child's reading please speak to their class teacher or Mrs Walker - Early Reading Lead 


Read Write Inc sounds progression

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