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At West Leigh Infants, we aim to foster a love of reading within our pupils. We encourage them to read both for pleasure and in order to gain information. The children are reading all the time, in a range of lessons and contexts, including for example reading word problems in Maths' lessons, instructions for a board game during Golden Time or an index in an Atlas during a Geography based lesson.

How We Teach Reading

Children at West Leigh learn to read by a combination of:

  • synthetic phonics which they use to blend and segment words
  • sight recognition of high frequency and common exception words
  • searchlight tools of reading for sense, contextual clues and using pictures to support.

Reading Scheme

  • The children choose their own books from both the book banded section of books and from our school library, ensuring they take ownership of their own reading, they know how to choose a book that interests and excites them and ensuring they learn to treat books with care and respect.
  • The books are arranged in nationally recognised Book Band colours.
  • We use a range of schemes such as Collins Big Cat, Rigby Star, Oxford Reading Tree.
  • Each child has a reading card, detailing the independent texts they have read and the colour band.
  • Each child has a Reading Diary to accompany the books they take home. The class teacher inserts the learning objectives for the colour band so parents are aware of the next steps. Parents use the diary to make comments about their child's reading. This diary forms a successful tool to maintain dialogue between parents and teacher in order to provide support and ensure progress in the child's reading.
  • Weekly Guided Reading sessions take place with the class teacher where a text is read, discussed and explored as a group. Retelling, comprehension, understanding and discussion form a major part of these sessions, during which the children's reading is assessed.


  • we use Read Write Inc scheme to form the basis of our phonic teaching
  • phonic lessons are daily and differentiated
  • phonic lessons follow the structure of revisit, review, teach, practise and apply.
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