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.

    We teach phonics using Read Write Inc. resources to support our bespoke programme and is an important part of our daily English lessons.

    Reading at Woodlands

    Reading and phonics are taught as an integral part of our English lessons using quality texts from a wide range of authors and genres. Children are encouraged to explore texts from our rich and varied literary heritage including poetry and play scripts and to discover books written by both well-known and up and coming authors. 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 English lessons, children read texts from Phonics Bug, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree, which are accurately matched to their reading ability and phonics stage. '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.

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

Early Reading Policy

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


Phonics is taught as part of our English programme, which ensures all children, regardless of their age are getting phonics input appropriate to their ability. Children are assessed regularly by their class teacher and regrouped accoringly.

Help with phonics - these links are really useful - have a look! 

A guide to phonics for parents:

A guide to saying the sounds correctly:

A guide to blending: 

A guide to the phonics test: 

Why to read to your child: 

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

Oxford Owl

Phonics Play

Phonics Games