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Reading Intent Statement

At Fulwood and Cadley, we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We strive for our pupils to develop a passion for reading and a love of books not only to support their academic ability but to develop their life-long opportunities in every day life, further education and future employment. We believe reading is one of the most important ingredients of a successful learner and as a result, we aim to permeate our whole school curriculum with opportunities to read


Reading Implementation



We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme to support our daily teaching of phonics. Pupils in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 are taught specific sounds daily, often as a whole class, with some targeted support for individual pupils by the class teacher or teaching assistant. Phonics activities permeate throughout continuous provision in EYFS and Year 1, providing many opportunities for pupils to deepen their understanding and apply their knowledge through various activities. During the summer term in year 1, pupils will take a phonics screening test which assesses their ability to apply what they have learnt. After this, for most pupils, lessons move over to whole class reading lessons supported by the Talk for Reading approach. Pupils who fail the phonics screening test will continue to access support through intervention to acquire these key skills. Click here for detailed information in relation to the various phases of letters and sounds. 


Talk for Reading

We have adopted the new 'Talk for Reading' initiative from Pie Corbett to help us achieve our ambitious targets for the teaching of reading within the English Curriculum and further supports our well established 'Talk for Writing' Curriculum. Talk for Reading provides a logical sequence for teaching reading that moves children towards independence. It focuses on the importance of deepening understanding through developing key reading strategies. Our reading lessons will be based on whole class modelling and shared reading as well as effective guided and one-to-one teaching of reading to deepen children's understanding and engagement. Click here to follow our Talk for Reading Journey. 


Pie Corbett is and English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written over 200 books. He is also known for promoting creative approaches in the classroom and has experience as a teacher, a head teacher and an Ofsted inspector. 


     "A child who is read to will have an inner kingdom of unicorns, talking spiders and a knife that cuts into other worlds" - Pie Corbett

Pie Corbett's Reading Spine

There are a core set of books that underpin our reading curriculum and are used as inspiration for our Talk for Reading lessons as well as our whole class reads. Pie Corbett's reading and poetry spine build a common bank of stories and poems that bind our school community together. The books are intended to build a living library inside a child's mind. It is a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter their imaginations. 

Reading Skills

In whole class guided reading sessions, children develop their key reading skills of decoding, Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summarising (VIPERS) Children also continue to develop their reading fluency skills, building upon their phonics knowledge. 

The importance of teaching vocabulary is heightened throughout the curriculum and is taught frequently in all subjects but specifically in reading.  Vocabulary is taught discretely before a text is explored to check pupils understanding of key words enabling them to access the text developing their rich and extensive bank of words. 


Adults modelling reading to pupils is also a priority at Fulwood and Cadley therefore all children have a class novel or alternative book read to them every day. Class readers are designed to be read for pleasure and although some ideas are transferred into reading lessons, their main purpose is to excite and engage the children and expose them to a new and varied vocabulary. 

Home - School Reading

We value the support given to us by parents and carers to further embed the skills of reading and as a school, we believe it is one of the most important things you can do as a parent or carer to support your child's learning journey and progress. Reading at home is encouraged and promoted through class incentives and parental engagement workshops. From when your child begins in Reception (EYFS), they will be given a reading book which they will take home on a daily basis to read with their parents. Children working on specific phases within the Letters and Sounds will take home books  which link directly to their current phonics level. When parents have listened to their child read, they are asked to sign the accompanying reading diary to develop a collaborative approach between teacher and parent to support the child's progress in their reading.