"Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects"
"Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects"

Reading at Woodmancote: Our Vision

Here at Woodmancote, we pride ourselves on being a school committed to developing a love for reading; this runs right through our school community, from the children, to the parents and all members of our school staff team. We recognise how important it is to develop a passion for reading in our children, to enable them to be successful learners in all areas of the curriculum and in life beyond our school.

2021/22 was an exciting year at Woodmancote. It marked the start of our journey towards making our children lifelong lovers of reading. We have begun to develop an ethos of reading for pleasure and continue to embed our vision of making every member of the Woodmancote School community a lover of reading.

Reading for Pleasure

Children in our school have the opportunity to read at least once a day for pleasure. This is timetabled into the school day as “Drop Everything And Read” or “DEAR time” as it’s known by the children. Children have access to high quality texts from classroom book corners. Teachers also prioritise reading aloud to their classes; in EYFS/KS1 this happens a minimum of once a day and in KS2 a minimum of 3 times a week.

Reading for Pleasure at Home

For guidance on how to support your child with reading for pleasure at home, have a look at this leaflet, which has some great ideas on how to promote enjoyment in reading all the way up to Year 6 and beyond.

Reading for pleasure at home

You can also use these great supportive resources from the Education Endowment Foundation to guide you when reading with your child/children.

Top tips for supporting your children with reading in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Top tips for supporting your children with reading in Key Stage 2 

Books for topics offer a “top 100” books for each year group if you’re looking for even more inspiration!

Little Chestnuts Books for Topics List

Reception Books for Topics List

Year 1 Books for Topics List

Year 2 Books for Topics List

Year 3 Books for Topics List

Year 4 Books for Topics List

Year 5 Books for Topics List

Year 6 Books for Topics List

Reading Sessions: How Do We Teach Reading at Woodmancote School?

Early Reading 

At Woodmancote we use the systematic, synthetic phonics programme, Rocket Phonics to teach with rigour and fidelity. We teach our phonics, so that is accessible to all, by planning for 100% engagement from each child. Synthetic systematic phonics is a key skill that supports the development of early reading.

We place our quality phonics teaching in a language rich curriculum, with exposure to a range of both physical and digital texts. We continually aim to make strides towards closing the word gap.

Working alongside parents and carers we aim to provide our pupils with the skills they need to have a successful start to their lives as readers and to ensure that our children develop a love of reading.

In Little Chestnuts, children learn listening skills needed to ‘tune in’ to phonetic sounds in preparation for starting to learn to read.

From Reception children learn phonetic sounds to enable them to begin to blend simple words; this is steadily built up to learn all of the 44 phonemes in the English language represented in a variety of letter combinations. As well as this, they are taught to recognise key exception words as they progress through their early reading journey.

Children continue their phonics journey throughout EYFS and KS1. In Year 2, when children are confidently decoding and reading with increasing fluency, they begin to focus more on comprehension with additional sessions to develop this.

Children are provided with a reading book matched to their reading development in order to embed the reading skills learnt. Parents/carers are encouraged to share these books at home to ensure that children make rapid and sustained progress.

Progression Map – Reception and Year 1 Rocket Phonics

Read more about Phonics Terminology 

Phonics Parents Rec – Yr 1 

See the Rocket Phonics Flashcards:

Rocket Phonics Flashcards Set 1

Rocket Phonics Flashcards Set 2

See the Rocket Phonics Sounds Mats:

Rocket Phonics Sounds Mat 1

Rocket Phonics Sounds Mat 2

Rockets Phonics Sounds Mat 3

Rocket Phonics Sounds Mat 4


Whole Class Teaching of Reading

During the last academic year, we have made significant changes to our provision for reading teaching.

From Year 3, children across the school have a minimum of two taught reading lessons a week. These are whole class reading sessions focussed on a class text. These are developed to excite children about reading and provide a balance between practising reading fluency, discussion based learning and written comprehension.
Key Text Overview

Progression Grid of Reading Skills

Whole School Information

Reading Newsletter

Here is the latest edition of Woodmancote’s reading newsletter which will tell you all about recent events, future events, ideas and information about what your child is learning about at school.

Reading Newsletter 1

Reading Newsletter 2

Reading Newsletter 3

Book Club

Does your child want even more opportunities to read? Book club offers children a chance to read quietly, discuss books they have read and channel their creativity into artwork and writing. If your child would like to join Book Club after school on a Tuesday, please contact Mr Ridal 


Reading information Evening Flyer

Reading Ambassadors and Buddies

This year, we have our wonderful Reading Ambassadors were chosen to help develop the ethos and culture of reading within our school. They have been doing a fantastic job of reading with the younger children and running Mrs Workman’s library club during lunchtimes.

                                                             Our Reading Ambassadors

                                                                  Our Reading Buddies

Mrs Baxter and Mr Ridal’s Recommended Reads 

I love the Podkin One-Ear series and thoroughly recommend reading the first one. It’s a great story to read by all the family but the perfect bedtime story for children in Years 3 and above.

‘ Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he’s quite happy to laze around annoying his older sister Paz, and playing with his baby brother Pook. Then Podkin’s home is brutally attacked, and the young rabbits are forced to flee. The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe. With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbit kind has ever known.’

This book is the full of fun – silly pictures and funny twists to make you laugh!

‘The only rule for attending this party is . . . you MUST bring a hat. But what if you don’t own a hat? Will bringing a monkey wearing a hat be enough? Find out in this tale that builds to a gloriously surreal and hilarious ending.’