"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go!" Dr Seuss

How is Reading Taught at Oughtrington?

At Oughtrington, our fundamental aim is to teach every child to read; equipping them with the tools and skills necessary to become competent, enthusiastic, lifelong readers.

We promote a love of reading and reading for enjoyment. We are dedicated to enabling our children to acquire fundamental reading skills and make progress in their reading journey. We strive to teach children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension, as well as to develop the daily habit of reading widely for both pleasure and information. These essential skills not only unlock doors to the rest of the curriculum and the wider world, but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem, imagination and future life experiences.

In EYFS and Key Stage One, children are taught to read during daily phonics lessons which follow the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme. Once children have reached a sufficient level of phonics ability, children access Steps to Read lessons which further develop children's fluency, ability to read with expression and comprehension skills.

More detail about our vision for reading and how reading is taught and assessed in school can be found in our 'Vision for English' document.

What Is Read Write Inc. Phonics?

Read Write Inc. Phonics (RWI) is an approved systematic synthetics programme that teaches children the sounds in English, the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters when writing. RWI includes reading books written using only the letters that children have learnt at each level (and a small number of separately taught irregular words (known as red words). By reading books closely matched to their phonics ability, children quickly feel confident and successful as readers.

RWI lessons start with a speed sounds lesson which teaches oral blending, introduces a new speed sound, revises previous speed sounds and includes the skills of oral blending, decoding words, reading common exception words, decoding ‘alien’ (pseudo) words, and spelling.

Children then read and comprehend a book which is carefully matched to their phonics knowledge following a 3 day/5 day plan (depending on the stage). Pupils are taught to read effectively with a partner, and to explain and consolidate what they are learning. This provides the teacher with opportunities to assess learning and to pick up on difficulties, such as pupils’ poor articulation, or problems with blending or alphabetic code knowledge.

What is Steps to Read?

A Steps to Read lesson has four parts: teacher read, teacher model, children practise and children apply. This ensures that lessons:

  • Are sequenced, coherent and progressive

  • Use language-rich texts for vocabulary teaching

  • Taught sequentially across an academic year and include all elements of comprehension

  • Have a clear focus on the skills and strategies needed to be a proficient and confident reader

  • Use engaging texts to promote a life-long love of reading

  • Include poetry, non-fiction and fiction that enhances knowledge learning across the curriculum


We learn about social and emotional wellbeing through quality texts.

Reading for Pleasure at Oughtrington

At Oughtrington we want to develop readers for life and recognise the power of developing a love of reading and building a school community of engaged readers.

We aim to foster a love of reading by promoting good reading role models and celebrating reading with events such as World Book Day. Reading for pleasure is promoted throughout the school with pupils encouraged to read from a wide range of banded and ‘real’ books in class and to visit our well-stocked library to read and borrow books. We hold regular Book Fairs to provide opportunity for parents and carers to share books with their children. Here are some of the ways that we promote reading in our school.

Prioritising Story Time

We cannot underestimate the importance of prioritising time when adults read aloud to children and we strive to deliver story time sessions by committing and protecting daily time in our curriculum for class teachers to share a story. We know that for some of our children this will be a highlight of their day.

Book Influencers

We are keen to promote a culture of reading for pleasure and recognise the power of book talk. Pupils need the opportunity to discuss and share recommendations. Over fifty reading ambassadors have begun working in their teams to develop their skills in sharing their personal thoughts, feelings and opinions. We hold key stage assemblies where ambassadors can share their latest good reads with their peers.

Book Corners

Our class teachers have dedicated book corners which are welcoming and inviting with a focus on quality books. These include a range of genres and are updated regularly.

Our class tree displays books we have read in class and engages pupils further in book talk and discussions.

Our Library

We have a well-stocked library with plenty of books to choose from reflecting modern and diverse life. Children are able to visit and exchange over lunch times when we are fortunate to be supported by a team of parent volunteers. Class teachers also take their pupils to the library to model selection, share blurbs and read excerpts to hook their pupils.

Ten a Term

Each term we invest in ten new and exciting texts for each year group. We share these in an exciting reveal, teachers then read all or part of the stories before adding them to the class library for pupils to share at their leisure.


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How to support your children with their reading

Do you find it difficult to choose suitable books for your child to read? Well don't worry! Books For Topics sift through all the recent releases and recommend the best 50 titles for every age group.

It is also a great way to search for books on a particular topic such as adventure, history, science and geography.  There is something for everyone!

The Book Trust is another fantastic resource. Use their 'Bookfinder' page to choose a book that is suitable for your child's reading ability and interest.

Explore the Book Trust's list of the 100 Best Books from the last 100 Years. Rediscover some of your childhood favourites and find some new favourites for you to share with your child.

The Book Trust is a charity that promotes the importance of reading for every child. They have lots of useful advice to help you to support your child with their reading, whatever their age. There is also specific advice about how to help children with special needs.

Don't forget that if you need any further advice, your child's class teacher is always happy to help. Message them on dojo or make an appointment to discuss it after school.

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