At The James Oglethorpe Primary school we believe that an appreciation of reading should be embedded from an early age. We know that for children to become excellent writers they need to read and therefore we aim to engage the children with different genres of books and encourage them to read for pleasure. Children have access to a quality range of fiction and non-fiction books through the texts studied in English lessons; the class book read to them by their teachers and within our school libraries. 


At James Oglethorpe we teach Read, Write Inc. Phonics.  The children are taught the sounds they need to read. They are then able to read stories using their phonic knowledge. Each class has a reading area and children are encouraged to choose books to look at, share and have an adult read to them. The reception children each have a home reading book linked to their phonic level and the sounds they are reading in school, in addition to a library book, which we encourage pupils to take home for their adults to read to them. 

Key Stage 1

The English programme of study, as detailed in the NC 2014 is based on the word reading and decoding and comprehension skills.  In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught Read, Write Inc. Phonics throughout the key stage. This is supplemented with reading for fluency, encouraging the children to develop a love of reading, having stories read to them and using our school and local libraries.  Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage  have their own non-fiction libraries, where pupils can choose to read and select their own library books. In year 2, most pupils will progress from the RWI phonics reading programme and will be taught reading using the VIPERS approach, which is used across Key Stage 2. 

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, pupils are also encouraged to develop a love of reading. We teach reading comprehension sessions from Year 2 onwards to ensure that children read age-related texts and answer V.I.P.E.R.S (Vocabulary, Inference, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise / Sequence) as our method to explicitly teach each skill. These whole class or group reading comprehension sessions are used as a powerful tool to allow all children to make progress in reading and provide regular and supportive opportunities for children to encounter engaging texts that will resonate with their interests and capture their imagination. Carefully graded questions allow for our children to develop their comprehension skills at an appropriate level.

Other opportunities for reading through the school include; reading challenges, bedtime stories nights, book fairs, visits from local authors and reading competitions.

Reading at Home

for our home reading scheme, we use the Oxford Reading Tree stages of reading to identify steps in children’s reading progress. The Oxford Reading Tree stages provide a consistent, progressive and challenging reading scheme throughout the school with children working from stages 1 through to 15/16 by the end of year 4. Children in Years 5 and 6 will be ‘free readers’ who are encouraged to choose age-appropriate, high-quality texts; however, should children still require the support of the reading scheme this will continue. In addition to this, we continue to use the RWI scheme for older children who may need this, and have a selection of high interest phonics books, which these children can access.

Reading is the most powerful tool in developing children as learners. With this in mind, at James Oglethorpe, we expect every child to read 5 times a week at home and this should be recorded into pupils’ individual reading journals.

Each week, these signatures are checked by staff and children who have read 5 times, have their names entered into the ‘Reading Wheel’. Each week, during celebration assembly, two names from each phase are chosen to from the Reading Wheel and they receive a reward and have their picture featured on our school Facebook page.