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Reading Rationale

Rationale & Aims of Reading

At Prince Rock Primary School, we believe reading is at the heart of a child’s education and journey through the primary phase. For our school, reading is a main priority. With this in mind, we have designed a high quality, robust and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics. The core principles of our phonics programme stem from RWI. Our high-quality phonics teaching helps children develop their reading, writing, spelling and general communication skills. It also helps secure the crucial skills of word recognition that enables children to read fluently. This approach ensures all children and their abilities are targeted and supported as they begin their reading journey at Prince Rock. Following this, children are supported throughout their time at Prince Rock through the development of active reading strategies and questioning to develop depth and breadth within their reading.


We aim to:


  • Develop understanding and skills to become independent, enthusiastic readers.
  • Allow children to access age-relevant texts
  • Understand that language they have acquired, may be relevant across all areas of their learning and to apply that language where possible.


In direct reference to National Curriculum and Ofsted expectations, we will ensure that:


  • Direct, focused phonics is taught every day in Reception, Y1 and Y2 in the autumn term
  • Children read from books with the sounds they know, while they are learning to read
  • Teachers and teaching assistants provide extra practise through the day for the children who make the slowest progress (the lowest 20%) through responsive and scheduled interventions
  • All children in Year 2 and above can read age-appropriate books
  • Teachers instil in children a love of literature: the best stories, non-fiction texts and poems