Brandwood Primary

Brandwood Community Wood

Life at Brandwood Primary

"This is a good school with outstanding features" Ofsted 2008


In Early Years and Key Stage 1, reading is mainly taught through the Read Write Inc Programme.

Read Write Inc is an inclusive Literacy programme which involves the vigorous teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn the common sounds in the English Language and how to sound-blend over a short period of time, alongside letter formation and spelling. They then, importantly, read books with words they can sound-blend, so they have early success in reading. The more sounds the children learn, the greater the range of texts they can read. Comprehension is also an integral element of the programme and the children will answer questions based on the book they are reading to develop their understanding of the texts.

In Key Stage 1 a variety of reading schemes are used, which include: Rigby Star, Big Cat Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree, Rhyme World and Project X. Each child is given a book, which they will read in school and at home. Sometimes the children will read the book as part of the guided reading lesson with their teacher and will then take it home to practise by themselves. Children are also given a set of key words to take home to learn. These words are taken from the high frequency word lists for Reception and Year 1 and 2 and are words which cannot be sounded out therefore children need practise to read them by seeing them written down. Children will practise reading their book and their key words during the week with the teacher and they are encouraged to read them at home with their parents or carers as well.

To allow children to read for pleasure, they are able to choose their own book from the class library loan box to read during quiet reading times in school and to take home with them. The books in the library loan box have been chosen by the class teacher as they are appropriate to the age and ability of the children in class and are books which children will enjoy reading such as new picture books and older favourites which they might have heard the teacher read. Children are able to swap their library loan book when they have finished reading it.

It is important that the children hear stories. The class teacher will use story time at the end of the day to share stories from the class library or read a longer class reading book which can be continued over several days or weeks. The teacher will model appropriate fluency, pace and expression when reading so children will be able to hear how they should read when reading their own book.

We hold regular meetings with parents to explain how we teach children to read following the Read, Write Inc. programme. In the meetings we show how we teach each sound and how this then builds up to reading words and eventually books. We also show parents and carers how they can help to support their child's reading at home.  

In Key Stage 2 the children continue to move through the stages, at an appropriate pace, with their home reading book that is chosen from our large selection of Oxford Reading Tree, Treetops and Project X fiction and non-fiction books.  The children have their own reading records, which are signed when they have read in school or at home and contain comments about the children’s progress in reading. Class teachers will move the children to a different stage when they are ready; they do not need to read all books in each stage before moving on. In addition to their home reading staged book the children have the opportunity to select a class library book to enjoy in school and at home and are encouraged to choose books and authors they are interested in. When the children have moved through all of the stages they may choose their own book from our wide range of high quality children’s novels which contains classic and modern literature written by significant children’s authors and our non-fiction section which is wide and varied.

It is important that children develop a good understanding of what they have read as such they are encouraged to talk about their text at home with parents and carers and in school. The children are asked to complete reading activities for some books that they have read and enjoyed which help the children to develop a deeper understanding of the text they have read.