The teaching of reading at Manchester Road begins as soon as the children come to our Early Years (Little Owls, Hedgehogs and Rabbits)

Throughout the Early Years children learn how to sound out words using synthetic phonics  -a specialised program in which all our EY team are trained.

To teach phonics, the school uses ‘Read, Write, Inc’ which is a very structured approach to learning to read, write and spell.

In addition to being taught phonics, the children will also take home a library book or a school reading book. When they are ready to start reading text independently, the children will join a reading group.

A  system of reading used in school is ‘reciprocal reading’ – there is extensive research behind this method, and we are excited to be using this approach to learning about text.

Once in Key Stage 1, the children continue to follow ‘read, write inc.’ for reading and spelling more complex words, and gaining a deeper understanding of how the English language works.

The children will have a session of read, write, inc. every day for one hour. During this time they are in small groups with adults who have had extensive training.

For more information about Read, write, inc. follow the link below:

All children in Year 2 visit the library and sign up to be a member if they have not already.

In KS2 the children will have teaching of reading sessions for 4 days each week, and will take home a reading book or library book to enjoy. As they progress the children look deeper into the meaning of books, what their purpose is, how they are constructed and what information they can glean from them.

If any parents or visitors would like more information about the teaching of reading and phonics, please contact Vicky Leah, Vicky Simpson or Rebecca Evans…Your child’s class teacher will also be able to tell you all about our exciting reading process!

You can also find out more about reciprocal reading here: