Our pupils are encouraged and supported to become confident, enthusiastic, critical and independent readers. They are given opportunities to experience print produced in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes and to read for information, interest and enjoyment. 

We aim for pupils to be able to:

  • understand the features of a book and how it works.

  • have an interest in words and their meanings.

  • use a range of strategies which will help them to read with meaning, fluency, accuracy and expression.

  • use appropriate reading strategies to find and interpret information.

  • reflect on their reading and offer a personal response to a wide range of texts.

  • to understand how the format and language changes with different genre.

  • to use inferential skills to find meaning beyond the literal.

  • to appreciate the tools of the writer and the techniques used to involve the reader in the text.To build these strategies into their own writing.

  • to appreciate the work of individual authors, illustrators and publishers.

  • to read for and with other children and adults in a variety of situations.

  • to read silently with a specific focus for the reading.

  • to use a range of resources, including classroom materials, the school and public libraries for a range of reading materials.

  • to use ICT based reference materials for information.

Individual Reading

All children will have at least one Individual Reading Book from the schools banded reading resources. We do not follow one specific scheme, but have a range of texts and schemes from which children and parents can choose from.

We have a wealth of resources and books to support pupils in continuing their reading journey in Key Stage 2. Where appropriate, pupils have access to age appropriate banded books to support their next steps. Children who are free readers may also bring a book of their own choice from home with the agreement of their teacher.

Parents are asked to listen to their child read and ask questions about the book to check comprehension, making comments in the reading record book.

Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception)

Children are heard read by an adult in school on a regular basis. This can take the form of key words, sounds or individual reading books. Each of these is recorded in the child’s Reading Record Book which is used as a liaison between parents and teachers. Children may be heard read by other adults such as parent helpers. Parents are asked to listen to their child read and ask questions about the book to check comprehension, making comments in the reading record book.


We follow the DFE Letters and Sounds document for the teaching of synthetic phonics. From Reception, all children are taught phonics through Letters and Sounds. This takes place through dedicated phonics sessions each morning between 8.55am and 9.15am. This group teaching continues until pupils are in Year 2 and if appropriate Year 3.

Guided Reading

All children take part in a guided reading session in a small (4-6) groups, guided by a teacher or teaching assistant each week. We plan carefully for guided reading sessions to support pupils next steps and provide appropriately challenging texts to support the learning of the session. All groups have appropriate targets set to support next steps.

In Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) guided reading will start when the teacher feels the children have reached the appropriate level of maturity and skill.

Contact the School

Melling St Wilfrid CE Primary School

Lodge Lane

Main Contact: Mrs. Fiona Ip

Tel: 015242 21538