Phonics and Reading

Reading at Kings Norton Primary School

At Kings Norton, we love to read and as a way of inspiring our learners to feel the same, we have woven reading into as much of school life as possible. 

In EYFS and KS1 reading is taught using the DFE approved systematic phonics programme called Little Wandle. More information about this can be found here. In addition to daily phonics sessions and regular reading lessons, our writing curriculum has been designed around carefully chosen books and texts. Every writing lesson is linked to a fiction or non-fiction text that has been shared with the class and linked to our curriculum themes. We have found that making links between reading, writing and other subjects such as history or geography really supports our children to feel immersed in literature. 

In KS2 regular reading sessions teach children to move beyond word reading and begin to explore reading for meaning and reading for pleasure. Our reading lessons follow the VIPERS structure which stands for Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieving and Summarising. These are key skills that our pupils acquire as they move through school. As with KS1, all reading material is carefully selected to match the theme they are learning in the wider curriculum. For example, in Year 6 our pupils learn about Oliver Twist which compliments their Industrial Revolution topic in History. 

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Reading For Pleasure

Reading For Pleasure

We are committed to successfully developing a reading culture encompassing a genuine love of reading which is firmly embedded and embraced throughout the whole school.  We want children and staff to become life-long readers together who actively read for pleasure and information.  Staff are encouraged to share their own reading preferences and invite the children to recognise and share their own.  Staff are then able to support children to make informed choices about the books that they choose to read.  By celebrating and encouraging reading together we can inspire children to become self-motivated, engaged readers who enjoy reading for pleasure both in school and at home.  We fully recognise the value of parents / carers as essential components to supporting and developing reading skills and a love of reading.

Kings Norton Primary School has taken part in the Reading for Pleasure project led by the Open University. Click here to see their Twitter page. As part of the project we have revamped our KS2 library with new and diverse reading books for our children to enjoy.