Westover Primary School


Reading Intent Statement


Reading is at the heart of Westover Primary School. We love reading and we strive to ensure that every child leaves us not only with the ability to read easily, fluently and with good understanding, but with a real passion for books. We believe that learning to read is one of the most important skills that your child will learn whilst at school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read and then applies this to writing through meaningful everyday activities. We aim to ensure that all children have the chance to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information, whilst appreciating our rich and varied literary heritage.


Early Reading


At Westover Primary School, we give a high priority to the teaching of phonics, so that all of our pupils become fluent, confident and literate readers.

We follow the systematic teaching approach of Letters and Sounds to help us deliver high quality and multisensory phonic lessons. In Early Years, we also begin to learn phonics using actions and rhymes from Jolly Phonics which help to support our learning of the first few phases of phonic sounds.

As part of our Early Years, our children are provided with numerous and varied opportunities to hear and say sounds through the teaching Phase 1. This is taught discreetly alongside our phonic lessons, where we learn our different phonemes and corresponding graphemes from Phases 2,3 and 4. Staff support this experience through modelling the use of pure sounds throughout their teaching.


As children progress through Westover, they will learn the 44 phonemes and grapheme correspondences. They will be explicitly taught the skills of blending to read and segmenting to spell. Children will learn digraph and trigraph phonemes, as well as their corresponding grapheme, throughout infants. Children will rapidly progress to blending phonemes together to enable them to read a variety of CVC words. As children become more confident in their segmenting and blending skills, we begin to expose them to decodable ‘alien words’, to help support our children’s ability to decode unknown words.

Reading Progression of Skills

Click on the colour book band that your child is reading to find out more information on how to support them at home.

Click on the link below to visit our Phonics Page