Reading Curriculum "Once you learn to read you will be forever free"

Lead Teachers: Miss V Hill, Mr R Gardner and Miss R Yeardley (Phonics)

Whiston Worrygoose Approach to Early Reading

At Whiston Worrygoose reading is at the heart of our curriculum. It is our intention that every child will be a reader. From the start of their journey with us children are supported to develop a love of reading. They are exposed to high quality texts and through a consistent and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics they are provided with the skills they need to decode confidently.
Planning is sequenced to follow Letters and Sounds phoneme order. Class and home reading books are closely matched to the phonemes taught.

Laying the Foundations for Reading

Synthetic phonics has been proven to be the most effective approach to developing early reading proficiency and at Whiston Worrygoose we believe this is the best way to introduce children to the joy of reading.

Letters and Sounds

Throughout school we strive to encourage a rounded approach to reading where phonics skills are applied to increase fluency and improve comprehension. Our reading books are levelled to match the progression in phonics in order to offer children a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to challenge them at an appropriate level to ensure accelerated learning


Parents are partners in their child’s educational journey and are invited to phonics workshops. These sessions are used to support parents in gaining knowledge and understanding of how phonics is taught so that they have the skills to support phonics and early reading and writing at home.

Daily phonics sessions are introduced in FS1, covering the seven aspects of Phase One in Letters and Sounds. There is a focus on listening games, distinguishing between sounds and oral blending/segmenting. This skill develops children’s abilities to listen to, make, explore and talk about sounds. Children are also introduced to Phase Two graphemes to get children off to an early start in reading.

The process of teaching a new phoneme reflects the following structure;


At Whiston Worrygoose we adopt a mastery approach to teaching phonics. Children are taught in whole class groups and supported to access the age appropriate teaching content. The pace of the programme is maintained, with four new phonemes and a selection of 'Tricky words' introduced each week.

Phase Two and Three Graphemes in the order they are introduced.


Phase 5 part 1 Additional Graphemes (for reading)
Phase 5 part 2 Alternative pronunciations (for reading)

Children are taught the banks of 'Tricky' or common exception words aligned with Letters and Sounds. Their developing phonics knowledge enables them to sequentially build up their store of words to become fluent and confident readers.

Children are taught to use phonics as the approach to decoding an unfamiliar word.

Children are taught how to apply their phonic knowledge independently and are provided with opportunities to practise and consolidate their skills in both reading and writing.

Every classroom has a high quality reading area with a selection of books including old favourite stories and new and bold award winning texts.

Pupils in EYFS and Year 1 have an additional guided reading session 3 times a week which lasts for 30 minutes and aims to further build fluency and early comprehension skills. Pupils also have further time built into the week to read 1-1 to an adult.

Children have the opportunity to share stories with friends. FS2 children enjoy their shared reading time with their Year 6 reading buddies.

Beyond Fluency - Teaching Reading Strategies

Every child in Year 2- Year 6 experiences a reading lesson each day that focuses on developing understanding and comprehension. We want pupils to become expert readers capable of making complex comparisons between authors and understanding language choices. Our daily lesson focuses heavily on exposing pupils to challenging Tier 2 vocabulary. We follow a similar structure in each classroom which is based on the principles of our overall teaching model consisting of

1 Teach Simply
2 Feedback well
3 Practice Regularly

Our process of choosing the books we teach in each year group is not random. We consider what we are teaching in reading to be every bit as important as how we are teaching reading. Each class book is designed to capture the interests of the children and helps sequence the way we introduce knowledge in other curriculum areas. This is the qualitative aspect of the way we select a book. We also consider the quantitative aspect of the book by using the lexile framework to evaluate the reading demand, analyse the text's semantic (word frequency) and syntactic (sentence length) characteristics.

We then craft a teaching sequence through the book based on 8 key domains. We continue to develop fluency through adult modelling and track children's fluency through the multi dimensional fluency framework.

Developing a Love of Reading

Developing a love of reading is vital. We have a high quality library which is well stocked with both fictiona and non- fcition texts. All classes are provided with weekly time to explore the library,

In addition we place a great deal of importance on story time. This takes place each day adn we choose a variety of books designed to foster curiosity and interest, Within each year group collection we always introduce children to one 'classic' author and identify at least one text which is designed to develop cultural capital.