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Reading & Phonics

Our Reading & Phonics Co-ordinator is Mrs Costigan

Teaching of Reading and Phonics




We believe that reading is a skill which is taught through planned, systematic phonics lessons which lead to the enjoyment of a range of books and the ability to access information independently. Through their own reading, we hope that children will develop their individual tastes in literature, develop an interest in reading and be able to understand and justify their own choice of books.


Our primary aims are:


  • To develop phonetic skills which lead to blending and reading fluently.

  • To promote confidence and positive attitudes to reading.

  • To promote and encourage good home/school links using a wide range of literature.

  • To develop children’s reading for pleasure through the sharing of a class novel.

  • To equip children with critical tools so they are able to analyse what they read.

  • To monitor each child’s progress through the use of a range of assessment strategies including informal assessments and formal testing as appropriate.

  • To support all groups of learners in maximising their reading potential.




At Arundale Primary School we follow the RWInc scheme to teach Reading and Phonics, supplemented with additional reading materials. Our approach is systematic, consistent and rigorous in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible.


Phonic sessions take place daily, as a RWInc session and as part of the English curriculum, alongside the Support for Spelling programme until no longer needed by all children. Some children will require additional phonic sessions or other reading support through intervention programmes such as Reading Recovery, Better Reading Programme or Reception Literacy Project. These are monitored through our additional needs system.


Pupils are taught in ability groups thus enabling them to be taught according to their reading level in their own class with activities being used to reinforce where appropriate.

All Staff are trained to deliver the phonics programme.


Reading Scheme


The children progress through a wide range of carefully levelled books from a variety of Publishers.


All Staff have undertaken inference training and older readers regularly work in small groups to develop their inference skills.