Reading and Phonics


Opportunities for shared reading are given in the Literacy lessons using texts on the IWB, big books and text extracts.

Each week, during Guided Reading (GR) sessions, all children have at least one opportunity to work in a differentiated reading group with a teacher or teaching assistant. A range of Guided Reading books is available for pupils from the Summer term in Reception to Y6. Sets of topic books can also be used in guided reading sessions to support learning in other areas of the curriculum.

During the other GR sessions, children will be reading independently from their home reader, library book, class topic book or a book from home.

Home readers from our reading scheme are banded according to the reading level. At Weetwood our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, but it is supplemented by books from other schemes – DK Eyewitness, Cambridge, Ginn Pocket Readers, Rigby Rockets, Pandora Books, New Way and Read, Write Inc. Phonics. This provides a range of genre both fiction and non-fiction, and also includes books to support the phonics taught in FS and KS1.

All children have a Reading Record book where we record the book they are reading. Parents are asked to read with their children and the record is used as a two-way communication between home and school, identifying successes and any difficulties.

At Weetwood we have a well-stocked library run by parent volunteers and the children have the opportunity to visit it every week. Books are borrowed by individuals using the computer scanning system and selections of books can be borrowed by class teachers for use in the classroom.

Books to support class topics are borrowed from the Leeds Library Service, termly or half-termly.

At Weetwood, we believe that reading stories to our children is very valuable and take every opportunity to do this, either with a class novel (KS2) or shorter story books.



In Foundation Stage, opportunities are provide for emergent writing, shared writing, copy writing and handwriting. Mark making materials are available in many areas of provision.


At Weetwood, we have adopted many elements of Ros Wilson’s Big Writing strategy in Y1 – Y6.

These include:

Regular oral sessions, where we explore the use of openers, connectives and interesting vocabulary.

The use of the punctuation pyramid.

A working wall in each classroom where we display connectives and openers at a level to match the ability of our class.

Space on the working wall to write exciting vocabulary discovered and used by the children. (children are encouraged to use the words in their own writing)

Extended writing sessions that include a planning time and quiet, focussed writing time.

Opportunities for children to check their own work and that of others, using VCOP.

Opportunities  for children to assess the standard of written work by comparing it with levelled examples.

Phonics are taught every day in YR and Y1, in line with the Letters and Sounds programme. In Y2, they have a whole-class phonics session each week, and phonics is also taught in differentiated groups for children who need extra support. By the end of KS1, we expect most children to be able to spell high frequency words and some words used in class topics.

Children in KS2 who need more help with phonics are identified through assessment and their needs are also addressed using Letters and Sounds and Read, Write Inc. Spelling resources.

KS2 teachers use the Spelling Bank lists of words appropriate to their year group and also words used in topics. All KS2 pupils have an individual list of spellings identified from their written work by their teacher.

In KS1 & 2, spelling lists are given for homework and tested weekly.


Handwriting is taught from Reception to Y6 using the Nelson Handwriting scheme. The IWB version and the Nelson Handwriting Font are available on our network. Handwriting is taught once a week, and children are expected to present all their work in their best handwriting.

When a child’s handwriting is joined and fluent, they begin to write in pen. This is expected to happen during the second half of Year 4.


These are extracts taken from the English and Literacy Policy.


Click here to read the full English and Literacy Policy.

English and Literacy Policy

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