Reading and Phonics

At Woodlands we aim to teach children to:

  • Read with fluency, accuracy and understanding.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of a wide range of literary and non-fiction texts.

Our Phonics programme is ‘Steps,’ part of our Power Teaching and Learning programme using Read Write Inc. resources. 

Reading at Woodlands

We teach reading as part of our Power Literacy programme. All children in the Academy are assessed in reading every eight weeks and assessments used to group and plan activities to develop reading skills through whole-class reading. Within the class reading is taught using quality texts by famous authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Shaun Tan, Dick King Smith and Terry Pratchett to name but a few! Non-fiction texts are chosen to match topic themes, current events and children’s interests.

In addition to the teaching of reading skills and comprehension through Power Literacy, children read texts from Phonics Bug, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree, which are accurately matched to their reading ability. 'Free Readers' in Key Stage 2 have a wide variety of texts to choose from and are encouraged to read texts from a variety of authors. 

Once children have progressed on to ‘free readers’ there is a large selection of books in each classroom for children to choose from and they are encouraged to read a variety of text types and books by different authors.

Children read to an adult several times a week in school according to their needs and we ask that parents and carers support their child at home in line with our home-school agreement.

Reading at home

Our policy is that all children from Reception to Year 6 read with an adult every night, this includes weekends and school holidays. Regular practice allows children to develop their reading skills as well as enjoying a wide variety of texts.

A record is kept in each class of which children have read each night and prizes are regularly awarded to children who have read to an adult every night. Please look in the front of your child’s reading diary to see more information about how you can ensure your child is involved in our reading rewards.

Click on the links below for lists of recommended books for each year group:


Phonics is taught as part of our PT&L (Power Teaching and Learning) English programme, which ensures all children, regardless of their age are getting phonics input appropriate to their ability. Children are assessed every eight weeks by their class teacher and grouped according to their next steps in learning.

Please click on the links below to find more ways to help your child with reading: