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Reading and Phonics

How we teach Reading at Waverley Academy


In Foundation Stage, discrete phonics sessions are taught daily, structed sessions following the Read, Write Inc Scheme.  Children begin when they join our Nursery, where they are taught listening skills, oral segmenting and blending of familiar words and rhyme.

In Reception, the children build on these skills and are taught to recognise letter sounds and names. They are taught how to blend and segment words into their individual sound patterns and are given daily opportunities to apply these to their reading and writing. They are also taught to recognise, read and spell some high frequency words.

In Key Stage 1, children have a systematic, discrete phonics lesson each day, following  the Read, Write Inc Scheme.  Children are given daily opportunities to practice and apply their skills and are encouraged to use their phonic knowledge in their reading and writing across the curriculum.


In Foundation Stage, reading skills are taught using a wide range of reading materials.  In Nursery, our children learn how to handle books. They learn that all print carries meaning and they begin to develop an understanding of story structure and characters through daily sharing and discussing stories with adults. We develop their enjoyment of books and aim to ignite a love of reading. They are given opportunities to ‘play’ out the stories they enjoy through role-play, story sacks and small world in the continuous provision

In Reception, children have the opportunity to read individually with an adult and are introduced to the Oxford Reading tree scheme which continues throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree’s well-loved characters, breadth of fiction and non-fiction, provide the resources to develop children into confident readers. Children further develop their enjoyment of reading through use of a reading area within each classroom as well as adult led story sessions and have opportunity to visit the school library and borrow a book to share with family at home.

In Key stage 1 and 2, reading skills continue to be developed using Oxford Reading Tree and a wide range of new fiction and non-fiction titles to suit their individual reading level. To further promote reading for pleasure, each classroom has its own reading area, with a wide range of books including stories, non-fiction and topic related books, where children can freely enjoy. Children’s comprehension skills are developed through whole class shared reading of texts, daily guided reading sessions, individual reading to an adult and independent reading.

All children also have ‘Bug Club’ accounts, providing access to a wide range of reading material suited to individual reading levels. This can be accessed at both home and school.