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Reading at St Winnow

Reading at St Winnow

At St Winnow School, gaining the Expected Standard in Reading is really important to us. There are 7 main aspects in achieving this. 

At St Winnow School we love reading. Listening to your child read every night and reading to them is incredibly important. Spending this time with your child each day will make a significant difference to, not only their reading, but their success as a learner across the curriculum.

Ten benefits of reading:

Children who read often and widely get better at it.

Practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading is no different.

Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brain connections and builds NEW connections.

Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If they read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.

Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Children then bring this knowledge into their writing.

Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.

Reading is fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere. You'll never be bored if you have a book in your bag.

Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.

Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.


At St Winnow, we use VIPERS for our whole class reading sessions. VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the reading curriculum. They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts. The 6 domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency, prosody etc.

How we teach and assess Reading


The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Read Write Inc phonics is taught daily to all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and those in Year 2 who have not passed phonics screening in Year 1. Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. Careful intervention is planned for those children who are working below expected levels as soon as needs are identified.
Once children are confidently reading, they move on to the Accelerated Reader programme. This generally happens when pupils are in Year 2. Reading across the school is supported using AR Reader. Pupils are assessed on their comprehension skills on a regular basis by doing a ‘star test’ which then gives the individual a targeted ‘reading range’. This range gives children the opportunity to choose a book that interests them that will also continue to support them in their reading progress. Pupils take reading books home from the classroom and library to practise some of the skills they are learning in school. These books are banded according to comprehension level and when children are confident with their knowledge of the book they take a ‘reading quiz’ online about what they have read which gives them instant feedback on their success. If children are consistently succeeding in these quizzes then they are encouraged to read books that are higher within their range and if they continue to succeed, they are able to take another ‘star test’ to give them a new reading range. For more parent information about Accelerated Reader, please see the documents below.
World Book Day 2021

This year, we decided to celebrate World Book Day 2021 on Monday 8th March 2021 so that all of our children could join in on our first day back to school in full classes. The children thoroughly enjoyed 'The Masked Reader' quiz where they had to guess which member of staff was reading each book behind the mask! See link to the PowerPoint below and try to guess for yourself! We then had a whole school competition for children to design their own book covers for their favourite books with a special prize for the winners.

World Book Day Link
Our Inspiring Classroom Reading Areas!
Reading Challenge

Listed below are the top fifty books that are recommended for your child to read in each year group. Have a look and see how many of these your child can read this year. If you click on the link you can also download a checklist too. Happy reading!