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 At Whitestone Infant School we believe that reading underpins all areas of the curriculum and can be incorporated into most learning in some form. Therefore, we believe it should be an essential part of daily work and opportunities to read in different contexts should be provided to develop children’s awareness of print around them. It is necessary to ensure consistency in teaching and learning throughout the school and the guidelines below give information on RWI, independent readers for home use, phonic readers and how to foster children’s own love of books and stories.


Early Years Foundation Stage

•         Children are taught to read and understand simple sentences.

•         They are taught to use their phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.

•         They are taught to read some common irregular words.

•         They are taught to demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Key Stage 1

The Programmes of Study for reading consist of two dimensions:

•         Word reading – teaching should encourage decoding of familiar and unfamiliar words with correct pronunciation. Phonics should be emphasised in the early teaching of reading.

•         Comprehension (both listening and reading). Children should read a wide variety of texts and be engaged in high quality conversations about what they have read to establish an appreciation and love of reading.

It is also a requirement to follow a phonic programme in school. At our School, RWI is used which provides reading books matched to the sounds and words being taught.