Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics at Bishopton Redmarshall CE Primary School

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Our aims in Reading and Phonics are to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary from regular reading
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions: word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading).

Word reading:

Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why phonics should be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school.

In foundation stage and Year 1 the children participate in daily phonics lessons based on the Read Write Inc programme. The sessions are lively and enjoyable using whole class, paired and independent learning opportunities. Once the children have successfully completed the phonic screening test they will begin a Get Spelling programme.  If a child does not pass the phonic screening test then they will have further intervention to support their needs.

Spelling programmes continue throughout Key Stage 2 in order to equip pupils with the necessary skills and understanding to ensure progression.


Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction.   In foundation stage, KS1 and KS2 the children participate in weekly guided reading sessions. The teacher leads these sessions focusing on specific comprehension skills. During these sessions children are encouraged to listen, discuss and express their views drawing evidence from the texts.

At Bishopton, we encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation a love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds. Across the school, all pupils are given home/school reading books matched closely to their reading level. In addition pupils are encouraged to regularly choose books from the library that interest them.

Throughout the school year, authors are invited in to give talks and share their love of reading. We also have links with a local book shop owner who participates in half termly assemblies to promote different authors and genres. Further reading events include Bedtime reading which takes place in the Autumn term and Reading Cafes after school.

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