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Phonics and Reading at Sharley Park

At Sharley Park Community Primary School we value the role that reading plays in a child's education and, indeed, as a key life skill that will prepare them up for the future. We aim for all our children to become fluent confident readers who are passionate about reading.

Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.

We can achieve this together through:

  • Read Write Inc phonics, a program to help to your child with early reading and decoding skills
  • A whole class approach to reading in KS2
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home




We use the RWI Phonics scheme across Early Year and KS1, our children are taught daily for 30 minutes in small targeted groups to ensure that they are appropriately challenged. Using small group work allows staff to pinpoint any individual who may need additional support in this area and will plan intervention activities if required. Planning is completed collaboratively and regularly reviewed to ensure consistency, progression and continuity for all pupils. Our schools phonics lead is Miss Stoddart who is based in year 2, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with her.

To learn more about RWI click the link at the top of the page.


Reading Schemes

We currently use RWI Phonics Books for Bags in F2 and Year 1 so that they children have at least one book to read at home that matches their current phonic level and reinforces the story green and red words that are being covered in the daily phonics sessions.

Children from Year 2 upwards take home books from a range of publishers including Collins Big Cat and Project X (Oxford University Press) that are colour book banded. These are well-resourced and located centrally. Alongside these, non-schemed books are colour banded, which allows children to take 'real' books home as well. We provide a diet and range of books at different levels within a book band.


Opportunities for Reading

We encourage staff and children to read from a range of authors - modern and classic - to broaden their experiences. Our children read regularly in a range of situations and across the curriculum. This includes reading as a whole class, in small groups and 1:1.

Whole school displays emphasise the love we have for reading – staff and children. We want to teach our children something new with every book they read in order to equip them to be independent thinkers, to argue their point using evidence from the text and, most importantly, to take pleasure in what they are reading.