Phonics and Reading

Scargill Church of England Primary School



 At Scargill Primary School, it is our intention to ensure that by the end of Year 6, all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education and beyond.

We therefore intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and to develop their comprehension skills. We are committed to providing vocabulary rich reading material and the opportunities to explore unfamiliar vocabulary.


Early Reading and Phonics 

The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Reception and Key Stage 1. Phonics is taught daily to all children in Reception, Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have not passed the phonics screening in Year 1. Group reading sessions take place 3x weekly and books are closely matched to each child’s secure phonic knowledge.

Shared Reading

All children in KS2 take part in Whole Class Shared Reading sessions 3x a week. A wide range of age-appropriate texts are used which cover different genres. To develop children’s comprehension skills, we use VIPERS skills.

Independent Reading in KS2

Teachers assess children on their fluency and comprehension to match to the correct ‘book band’ level. Children are then free to choose their own books from within their book banded level.

Reading for Pleasure

At Scargill we provide children with many opportunities to develop a love of reading. Teachers read to pupils during daily ‘ERIS’ sessions (Everyone Reads In Scargill). This is a non-negotiable part of the school day and enjoyed by both staff and pupils alike. All classrooms have their own class reading areas with a range of age appropriate books and topic books. In Reception and KS1, children are free to choose these books and take home as a ‘share with me’ book. We also have a newly refurbished school library area which is stocked with a wide range of books. KS2 children are encouraged to visit the library to choose a 'reading for pleasure' book. KS1 children also visit the school library and choose books to refresh the class reading corners. Throughout the year we promote a love of reading through events and activities such as national reading events, book sales and swaps, author visits, book clubs, book fairs and take and other opportunities we can to promote reading for pleasure.


Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent and confident word readers by the end of KS1. As a Year 6 reader, transitioning into secondary school, we aspire that children are fluent, confident and able readers, who can access a range of texts for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as use their reading skills to unlock learning and all areas of the curriculum. We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments.