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Reading at Southtown

How we teach reading….

Reading is taught using the Read Write Inc. programme.  The children are taught synthetic phonics and blending from their first term in Reception.    The children learn simple and then complex sounds and read a range of fiction and non-fiction books matched closely to their developing phonic knowledge.  

The children are individually assessed every 6 to 8 weeks and work in small homogenous groups where they learn an increasing number of sounds and read increasingly challenging texts.

The children also learn how to comprehend texts and read with fluency and expression.   The programme is based on effective partner work where the children take part in ‘teaching’ their partner how to read alongside being taught by their group teacher.

Children take their Read Write Inc. storybook home on a regular basis to ‘celebrate’ their confidence and success in reading with their parent/carer.

Children who are making progress at a slower than expected rate are given daily ‘one to one’ phonics sessions alongside their daily Read Write Inc. sessions.

The majority of children complete the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme during Year 2.  They then begin the Literacy and Language programme.   This is a complete literacy programme for fluent readers and is totally aligned to the National Curriculum in a fun and meaningful way.


In Key Stage 2 children participate in Accelerated Reader which is a computer program that helps to develop independent reading and comprehension. It works in quite a simple way; all children undertake a short reading test every term that assigns them a reading band. Your child then selects a book from our library that falls within their reading band. This reading band will guide your child towards choosing books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging without being frustrating. Once your child has finished reading the book, they take a short quiz on the computer. If your child can pass a quiz about what they have read then this tells us that they have fully understood the content of their book.


Parents can log on to Accelerated Reader and find out about the books that your child is reading and how they are performing on each book quiz.


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