“The more that you read, the more things you will knowThe more that you learn, the more places you'll go” Dr. Seuss

At Nanpean School, we understand that reading is a lifelong skill and is therefore given the highest priority. We aim for our pupils to learn to read quickly and effectively so that they can access learning in all areas of the curriculum. Learning to read is the foundation for all educational and future success. Teachers support reading in all subjects to support pupils’ acquisition of knowledge.

Pupils are taught to read fluently and encouraged to read for pleasure through accessing high-quality literature in our newly-designed library. As a school, we have ambitious expectations for reading at home through our Reading Challenge.  

We are determined to support every child to learn to read at Nanpean School and therefore aim to support our pupils to:

  • Apply a knowledge of structured synthetic phonics in order to decode unfamiliar words with increasing accuracy and speed;
  • Read accurately and fluently
  • Understand the meaning of what they read and what is read to them.
  • Give our children the reading skills they need to access all areas of the curriculum.
  • Gain a life-long enjoyment of reading and books.

The teaching of reading at Nanpean School develops pupils’ competence in both key areas (word reading and comprehension) and different teaching approaches are used for each.

Phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading when children start school. Our reading curriculum ensures a consistent teaching approach using the Read, Write, Inc scheme. Skilled word reading includes both the speedy decoding of unfamiliar printed words and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. The teaching of phonics enables our pupils to read with increased speed and fluency and to have the skills needed to access the wider curriculum. All pupils have opportunities to develop their reading skills daily and are provided with books that match and support their phonics development and ability.

As a school, we understand that good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge and knowledge of the world. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. At Nanpean School we use VIPERS to teach reading skills within daily lessons. (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Sequence/Summarise). These comprehension skills are developed through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction.

Throughout the school, our English lessons are taught through ‘The Power of Reading’ programme and this has transformed the way teachers teach and the way children feel about reading and writing. Children engage with high quality picture books, novels, poetry and non-fiction through a wide range of teaching approaches. Over a half-term, children are immersed into the text through art, drama, discussion and role play. Children take ownership of the text and engage with it deeply giving meaning and purpose to what they are reading and writing. 

Our pupils are exposed to and encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of the local area and community as well as world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.

  • In KS1, children take part in daily phonics lessons, where they are taught a structured synthetic phonics programme to decode words accurately with increasing fluency.
  • In KS2, children take part in Reading lessons, where they are specifically taught the key skills of reading and exposed to a range of different texts.
  • In KS1, children take home a book which matches their phonics development and ability.
  • In KS2, children chose a reading book within their ZPD level on our Accelerated Reader programme.
  • All children visit the school library weekly and freely choose a book to take home that interests them.
  • Each classroom has a selection of books which are directly linked to the class learning. This offers opportunities for pupils to apply their reading skills across the curriculum. 
  • Children are read to each day by their class teacher.
  • Children in KS2, who are not yet fluent readers, are given reading intervention.


It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence in any subject, ready for the next steps of their education and life.