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Reading, Phonics and Vocabulary

Our English curriculum is at the heart of our learning in school. It consists of phonics, reading, vocabulary, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. English is taught every day and the development of English knowledge and skills is taught within all our curriculum subjects.

At Wath Victoria we believe that children have an entitlement to high quality and well-planned reading provision. Our reading entitlement can be viewed here. We provide a reading rich environment throughout school. Children in all classes enjoy novels read by the class teacher, participate in guided reading sessions, whole class reading, individual reading and reading across other areas of the curriculum. This gives the children the opportunity to develop expression and extend their vocabulary, whilst learning a variety of other reading skills. A rigorous system enables children to develop their decoding skills and enhance their comprehension skills. All children are taught an explicit vocabulary curriculum. This includes the academic vocabulary needed for success in school and also subject specific and high frequency vocabulary. In addition to this, children in Y3 upwards have two weekly lessons on a digital vocabulary and reading platform, Bedrock. Details of this can be found here

More information for parents about reading in school can be found by clicking here.

We are committed to building a reading for pleasure culture in school. Our reading for pleasure statement outlines our aims.

Story-telling and story-making are really important parts of learning to read and learning to love books. These story teller videos might be enjoyed by you and your child:

Story telling videos

We use Little Wandle as the basis of our reading teaching. Here is a guide to how we develop early reading in school and which may help you to support your child' learning.

You can see videos to help you with teaching phonics sounds in the links below.

Oxford Owl Parents' guide to reading at school

Oxford Owl Parents' guide to reading at home

Phonics guide videos

Encourage reading for pleasure - book list

Frequently asked questions about reading


Writing is a core subject at Wath Victoria. Basic skills like handwriting

and spelling are taught regularly so that the children become

confident in these building blocks of writing. Children are given a

range of cross curricular writing opportunities that provide the allow

them to apply the grammar and punctuation skills they have learned

in a meaningful, exciting and engaging context. 

Children complete multiple drafts to achieve excellence as part of the Wath Victoria writing process. Children complete a launch pad write and then decide, with their teachers, which skills needs further development once they have analysed a model text. Skills are explicitly taught and children play a large part in developing their drafts through peer critique in the classroom.

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