Reading Skills and Progressions

For Phonics, we use Little Wandle and our reading scheme is Little Wandle.


At Brading CE Primary School, we strive to:

Create a positive reading and writing culture, where both are enjoyed and considered a pleasure for all pupils.

Provide opportunities for children to read widely, fluently, easily and often for pleasure and information.

Provide opportunities for children to appreciate our rich and varied literary and cultural heritage

Choose quality texts to enable pupils to develop a love of reading and a good knowledge of a range of authors and be able to understand more about the world in which they live through the knowledge they have gained from texts.



We ensure that our English teaching and learning provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. We use a wide variety of experiences, quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. All pupils receive a daily English lesson.  Teachers also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the programme of study.

  • Teachers create a positive reading and writing culture in school, where both are promoted, enjoyed and considered ‘a pleasure’ for all pupils.
  • Promotion of reading through teachers reading out loud regularly to their class.
  • Pupils in EYFS and KS1 to have daily phonics sessions, following the Little Wandle Scheme of Work.
  • Age appropriate spellings sent home weekly for pupils to practise their words.
  • Daily Guided Reading sessions in all classes, using one Complete Comprehension text each week in Key Stage Two and following the Little Wandle Scheme for Key Stage One.
  • Pupils are being adventurous with vocabulary choices.
  • Pupils to acquire strategies to enable them to become independent learners in English (spelling rules and patterns and how to tackle unfamiliar words when reading).
  • Pupils to discuss and to present their ideas to each other by talking, being able to elaborate and explain themselves clearly, make presentations and participate in debates.
  • Working Walls are in place in all classes aiding pupils and guiding them through the process of Reading and Analysing, Gathering Content, Planning and Writing.
  • Vocabulary promoted through displays in class, all curriculum areas, enhancing and encouraging a wider use of vocabulary.
  • Vocabulary mats are used where needed and thesauruses and dictionaries which are easily accessible for pupils to use.
  • Teaching a range of genres across the school (progressing in difficulty) both in English and other curriculum areas; resulting in pupils being exposed to, and knowledgeable about, literary styles, authors and genres. They can express preferences and give opinions, supported by evidence, about different texts.
  • Displays of writing, in class, shared areas and on the school website, giving a purpose and audience, to encourage pride in work and to show that work is valued
  • Reading and writing events (throughout the year) to encourage and promote enjoyment and opportunities to develop lifelong learning.


By the time pupils leave the school, they are competent readers and writers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres and text types, including poetry, and can participate in discussion about books.