Approach to reading

Reading and Phonics
Reading plays a vital role in the development and education of your child.  At Rainbow we ensure that pupils have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. We continually strive to promote a love of reading and believe this is a key life skill for children, which will impact on them for the rest of their lives.


In Reception and Key Stage One we follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme of work. It is a systematic and dynamic literacy programme, which gives children a solid understanding of phonics. Children work through the programme to help them decode (sound out) words that they read and spell. Reading is linked to understanding and children are given a variety of writing activities based on each text. Using small group work on a daily basis allows staff to identify individuals who may need additional support in this area and will plan intervention activities as needed. Teachers will always keep you informed if your child is receiving additional support.


Reading schemes
Pupils read through a set of colour banded books. Each colour in the book band is a different level. Within a book band there is a range of different texts so pupils receive a varied diet. The pupils know which book band they are working within and which book band that they are working towards.


Opportunities for reading
Pupils also read regularly in other areas of the curriculum and at other times  of the school day through:

  • Guided Reading – Teachers work with small groups of pupils to teach specific and targeted reading skills in a book that is sufficiently challenging.

  • Reading Across the Curriculum – Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning and our provided with time for independent reading, meaning that every child has time to really enjoy a book.

  • Story Time – In Reception, Key Stage One and Key Stage 2 books are read to pupils for them to hear good examples of reading aloud and to develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves.  Class books are shared with pupils, where they read along with the teacher.