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The teaching of reading is given a high priority at Rickleton Primary School.


We use a variety of methods to teach children to read. We teach phonics so that children can tackle new words by blending the sounds. In phonics sessions the 42 main sounds of English are taught, not just the alphabet. We also teach some whole words so that each child builds up a sight vocabulary of common words to be used as a start to reading fluently.

We provide attractive, interesting books that the children will enjoy sharing with you. The key reading schemes used in school at the moment are Read, Write, Inc, Oxford Reading Tree and Project X Code and Origins.

As the children progress with reading they will be offered a wider selection of texts using books for reference and pleasure. All pupils have regular, structured access to both our fiction and non-fiction books. Teachers read with all children regularly and keep detailed written records.
We have a growing number of parent and community volunteers who support our children weekly on a 1:1 basis with their reading – they are known as our Rickleton Reading Team.

At the start of each new academic year every child is given a Home School Diary and Reading Record through which parents are asked to share in their child’s learning process by keeping in close contact with teachers on a regular basis.

Each day children will take part in guided reading sessions where they develop a range of skills such as comprehension, vocabulary, independent reading and spelling activities in addition to reading in a small group with their teacher.

Children take their reading book home each night. Reading Challenges are set for the older children to help foster the reading habit.

We love Buddy Reading in school and we like to regularly share a story with our younger classmates.