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Reading at Windwhistle Primary School



We want our pupils to develop a love of reading that will be a lifelong pleasure for them.  Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.  In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.


 There are two main aspects to learning to read:

  • that the reader recognises and understands the words on the page (that is, word recognition or decoding)
  • the development of language comprehension (that is text is understood and interpreted)


So, at Windwhistle we have a team of staff who ensure that children’s reading skills are developed to their maximum, alongside a range of opportunities to read for pleasure including an enthusiastic librarian who runs the library at lunchtimes as well as working with groups of children every afternoon.


We have taken a series of actions to make this happen:

  • Every child working within the Programme for Phonics into Early Spelling has a high quality daily 15-20 minute discrete, interactive phonics session
  • We use Big Cat Phonics and Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme as our core schemes
  • Better Reading Partners
  • Booster Phonics
  • Five Minute box
  • Using competitions to promote the use of the library to boys
  • KS1 visit the library at lunchtime with the play scheme leader
  • Purchasing reading resources other than books (eg comics and magazines) to attract less able readers,
  • Purchasing new texts to extend and interest more able readers