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Pupils reading at Willow Tree Primary School

Phonics & Reading

At Willow Tree our desire is to ensure that every child can read as we believe this is central to them achieving their potential in their learning.

We want every child at Willow Tree to leave school as a fluent reader well rounded reader. Therefore we provide as many opportunities for the children to read.


We teach phonics which is a method of teaching reading through a scheme called Read, Write Inc. This ensures that in school we have a consistent method of teaching children to decode and encode words which enable them to read, spell and write.

All children in Reception and Year 1 have a daily phonics lesson for twenty minutes. This continues for those children who need it into Year 2 and into Key Stage 2

An additional programme called Fresh Start is used for children in Year 5 and 6 who require further support with reading.

Alongside teaching phonics there are many other opportunities for reading as follows:

Guided Reading

Children work in levelled reading groups with an adult once a week. They are taught further reading skills such as comprehension.

Independent Reading

All children have a reading book at their reading level to take home and read independently or with an adult.

Shared Reading

This is when a teacher shares a story or text with the class. It may be a book related to the class topic or a book chosen to read for pleasure.

Home Reading

Every child will take home a reading book at their own level of reading. We ask all parents to support us in hearing their children read every day.

Reading Events

We hold regular events in school including Book Fairs which promote a love of reading and encourage and motivate children to read.

Story Time

Our younger children will hear stories and be read to throughout the school day for pleasure and as part of planned topics.

At Key Stage 2 children will also be read to enjoying longer novels. They again may form part of the topics children are involved in.