Teaching of Reading

Birthday Books

In each classroom, we also have mini libraries linked to our year group ‘Must Reads’. To keep our classroom libraries well stocked with high quality, diverse books, we have set up year group wish lists.

If you would like to support us with replenishing our books, as well as celebrating your child’s birthday in school, we have a new initiative set-up called Birthday Books! Buying a book from the wish list will be delivered directly to our school, then we will add a personalised bookplate inside for your child which will be presented to them in school.

The book will then live in your child’s class mini-library to be shared and enjoyed by everyone! We hope you will join in and help us spread the love of books!

Thank you, from the Y6 librarians.

Birthday Books Wish Lists

Nursery Must Reads Wish List https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3C41HLCEUS96I?ref_=wl_share

EY Must Reads Wish List https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/NM3CHZQFDIUA?ref_=wl_share

Year 1 Must Reads Wish List https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/17H534TMR8CCB?ref_=wl_share

Year 2 Must Reads Wish List https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/11B9IT87T386N?ref_=wl_share

Year 3 Must Reads Wish List https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3OR18IB059J87?ref_=wl_share

Year 4 Must Reads Wish List https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/155NK279YB17I?ref_=wl_share

Year 5 Must Reads Wish List https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/1VELUYS4RYFRG?ref_=wl_share

Year 6 Must Reads Wish List https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/2P0DVLY7QWOK9?ref_=wl_share

Statement of Intent

We are passionate about reading at Kells Lane Primary School. We want every child to enjoy reading, to consider themselves a reader and to imagine themselves as authors of the future. Learning to read is the most important skill a child can learn.

Those who love to read are much more likely to succeed in all subjects and achieve academic success at secondary school and beyond.

How we promote a love of reading

Our children learn to read for enjoyment every day to develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures and world events. 

We promote a love of reading by:

-creating class libraries which contain carefully chosen texts including diversity and inclusion

-have daily story time

-author visits & story-telling events

-display a #Twitter wall with messages from published authors

-have Y6 librarians who actively encourage all children to read

-have two open library areas for children to access at any point during the school day

-share new books through assemblies & book recommendations

-constantly review our book lists and reading material to reflect current interests

-hold reading competitions


At Kells Lane we use the Go Read app to keep up to date with your child’s reading

  •  Add books from home in a couple of taps
  •  Set a reading schedule to keep on top of reading at home
  •  Help your child design their avatar and spend their gems!

GoApps Parent App Walkthrough from BoomHub on Vimeo.

What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc is a consistent, rigorous and dynamic literacy programme to teach EVERY child to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letter sounds together following a fun and effective programme.

Why use RWI?

The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read using phonics. Evidence of this can be found in the Ofsted Report, Reading by six; how the best schools do it.


Download RWI Guide for Parents


Who will be following the programme?

All children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 will be following the programme. They will be assessed and put into groups specific to their reading level. Children will be taught phonics daily using specific RWI phonics books that stay in school. You child will bring a specific reading book home with them and it is important that you listen to your child read regularly.

What to read at home

Sometimes your child might bring home a picture book that they know well. Please don’t say, ‘This is too easy.’ Instead, encourage your child to tell you the story out loud; ask them questions about things that happen or what they think about some of the characters in the story.

Please read to your child as much as possible; it will help your child to learn vocabulary and stories. You can find out about good books to read to your child here: https://www.booksfortopics.com/





Children in Year 1 throughout the country take part in a phonics screening check in June. Children in Year 2 will also take the
check if they did not achieve the required result when in Year 1, or they have not taken the test before.

The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether individual children have learnt sufficient phonic decoding and blending skills to an appropriate standard.

What happens during the test?

The test contains 40 words. The list of words the children read is a combination of 20 real words and 20 Alien words (nonsense words). Each child will sit one to one with a teacher and read each word aloud. The test will take approximately 10 minutes, although
children are all different and will complete the check at their own pace.

For more information: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/at-school/primary-school-assessment-tests/year-1-phonics-screening-check/

Reading Expectations

By the end of Year 2, your child should be able to read aloud books with increased fluency. In Key Stage 2, we focus on deepening our understanding of plots points, character motivations and developing reading comprehension.


Book Talk by Jane Considine

As a school we have adopted ‘Book Talk’ by Jane Considine. It is a systematic way to teach reading comprehension from Year 2 upwards.

  • Each Book Talk session is layered with open-ended whole class questions to tackle the three layers of the reading rainbow.
  • This approach to teaching comprehension provides consistency across our school for the children as well as enabling deeper reading questions to be discussed and modelled.
  • The key element of this approach is to develop children’s vocabulary when talking about texts.


As extra reading support, from Year 1 to Year 6,  we use Lexia.  Lexia is a computer-based reading programme providing a personalised set of online activities which are completed daily. It is reviewed regularly to track and support children who may be struggling with their reading.