Reading, Phonics and Spelling


Every child deserves success right from the start. We know that the sooner children learn to read, the greater their success at school. This is why we put reading at the heart of what we do.

We use a teaching programme called Read Write Inc. Phonics to teach our children to read and write. The programme starts formally from Reception and we make sure every child can read phonic stories before they progress to our higher level programmes. Some children complete the programme in Year 1 and others in Year 2. Year 3 and 4 children who need extra support follow this programme too; as well as other supporting schemes through interventions.


Children are taught spelling rules so that they can be applied when faced with an unknown word. Children in Key Stage 2 also have access to the website Spellodrome. Those that need additional support also have access to Wordshark and Star Spell.

Click here for an overview of spelling in Years 1 to 6.

Click here for spellings to practise at home in Years 1 to 6.


Children are assessed on their reading termly through both teacher assessments and tests. Based on these assessments they are placed into one of 3 bands of reader. Within these bands appropriate reading teaching techniques are used with the children. Those children who need to increase their reading ability significantly are given individual reading session.

At Whitchurch we use a range of reading schemes depending on the children’s needs. Commonly Years 3 and 4 use the levelled Bug Club books, Pocket Rockets and The Dandelion series. Year 5 also Bug Club and the Rapid Reading book series. Year 6 choose their own books but still participate in guided reading and 1:1 reading depending on their ability.

Click here for a list of recommended books in each year.

Click here for a guide to reading with your child.

Guided Reading

All year groups also participate in guided reading sessions using a variety of schemes. This way we can personalise the type of books the group read for their reading ability and interests.


Whitchurch Primary School are involved with the Read2Dogs charity. ‘Read2Dogs’ is a scheme that has been running since 2010, with the explicit aim of encouraging and improving reading and communication skills in children. The scheme has proven to have sensational results on a child’s reading attainment and a positive impact on motivation to read.

For more information visit the Read2Dogs page.