Reading Curriculum


“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shapes our dreams, and more reading helps the dreams come true.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

At Ayresome Primary School, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong readers’ with the confidence and ability to develop their phonic knowledge and passion for reading. We hope to instil in children a love of reading so that when given the opportunity they will always choose to pick up a book and read independently. We offer a nurturing learning environment in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential and where their achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded. All children are supported in their journey towards becoming an avid reader through interventions and targeted 1:1 support. We believe that all children can succeed at reading.  As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage children to choose literature that they are interested in and encourage wider reading across the curriculum. Parents are also encouraged to read with their child at home and children are provided with a reading book that matches their reading ability.

The teaching and learning of Reading starts in Pippins with the love of stories and raising children’s awareness of the sounds around them in order to develop their listening skills. From Nursery to Year 2, Ayresome Primary follows the RWI phonics programme to help our children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. Running alongside RWI, we proudly offer children dedicated 1:1 intervention to achieve their potential in the end of Year 1 Phonics Screening Test. By the end of the Autumn term in Year 2, we aim for children to have completed the RWI programme so that they can develop further comprehension and fluency skills in preparation for the end of KS1 SATs. At school every child develops their reading skills in line with their stage of development and therefore, if a child requires RWI into KS2 this will be offered as an intervention with the aim of supporting children to acquire sound knowledge quickly to be able to access the wider curriculum. School have purchased the Fresh Start programme so that children in Year 5 and 6 can read books that interest them but also fall in line with their phonic ability. At Ayresome, we also have whole class reading so children can access high quality texts.


We measure impact at regular intervals to ensure that no child is “left behind” in their reading journey. Reading leaders regularly assess children’s phonic development to ensure that they are making good progress and placed in the appropriate RWI group for their stage of development. Teachers ‘deep dive’ into children’s data to target and intervene with children to highlight individuals who may need 1:1 support to catch up to their peers. We also use the Accelerated Reader programme. This is a unique, progressive and effective programme, aiming to accelerate the children’s progress in reading by allowing children to choose a book and answer quiz questions about what they have read. We use Accelerated Reader in our daily reading fluency sessions.