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


  1. INTENT of Nanpean School:

We believe that reading is one of the most important skills we teach our children. We want them to learn to read quickly and effectively so that they can access learning in all areas of the curriculum. Reading is a lifelong skill and is therefore given the highest priority.

Learning to read is the foundation for all educational success. The Ofsted report on Reading by six (November 2010) showed that the best primary schools teach virtually every child to read, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, their ethnicity, the language spoken at home and most special educational needs or disabilities. It concluded that: ‘If some schools can do this, it should be a moral imperative for all primary schools.’

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.

2. IMPLEMENTATION at Nanpean School: What do we teach? What does this look like?

Through the delivery of our reading curriculum, we ensure a consistent teaching of early reading and phonics in EYFS and KS1, so that pupils are able to read with increased speed and fluency and access the wider curriculum. We follow the Read, Write, Inc scheme and children are provided with books that match and support their phonics development and ability. All pupils have opportunities to develop their reading skills daily, and are encouraged to read at home with an adult.

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 have a skills based approach to reading using VIPERS skills within regular Guided Reading lessons. (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Sequence/Summarise).

In our school, our reading curriculum links closely with our writing curriculum. From September 2021, we will be using a text-based approach (The Power of Reading) encouraging pupils to develop their vocabulary, consider a range of issues and deeper meanings in texts, develops comprehension skills and enjoyment of books. Reading skills are continually developed through the wider 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 Guided Reading lessons, where they are exposed to a range of different texts and can demonstrate their understanding and thinking behind these.
  • 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 key stage 2 who are not yet fluent readers, are given reading intervention.


3. IMPACT at Nanpean School

Pupils will be able to read with accuracy, speed, confidence, fluency and understanding and be ready to access other subjects in their education. All pupils will make at least good progress from their starting points. Pupils will develop a life-long enjoyment of reading and books