At Park Way, we value the importance reading holds, providing skills and opportunities which transforms lives. Reading stimulates imagination, supports the development of language and vocabulary skills, and encourages children to explore the world around them! We take great pride in educating our young learners to be confident readers, have good independence and grow a repertoire of interests through reading.

Your child will receive a Reading Record which should be sent into school daily. Inside the Reading Record front cover, there is a day written to show which day your child will be reading with an adult. Your child’s Reading Record will be checked regularly throughout the week by an adult in their class to see how your child is reading at home. In KS1, we change books as soon as your child has read them and an adult at home has signed them off which allows you to read as many books as week as you want. 

Your child will read with an adult at least once a week in the classroom and everyone’s Reading Records are collected on a Friday to see how much they are reading at home.

The expectation is that your child reads every day. 


At Park Way we use Read, Write, Inc. (RWI), a synthetic phonics programme, to teach our children phonics and ultimately how to read, write and spell.  This is a whole school approach which begins with the basic sounds and letter formations and moves to more complex sounds and spellings linked with reading and comprehension.  Children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 learn their phonics hand in hand with learning to read.  Children with difficulties reading further up the school, access the programme in order to fill the gaps in their learning and enable them to make progress in line with their peers.  This method of phonics teaching is both systematic and repetitive in order to imbed the learning while also being entertaining and fun for all the children.  During RWI sessions, all children are grouped appropriately into smaller, working groups of pupils with similar phonic understanding


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