Reading at Oulton

Supporting reading

There are many ways that you can support your child at home with their reading. It is important that children are reading books at an appropriate level to develop both their word reading and comprehension skills. For early readers, this means reading fully decodable books that they are able to re-read to build pace and fluency. These books will only contain phonemes that your child is familiar with. In addition to this, children should be exposed to books above their reading level to build their vocabulary and further their understanding. Sharing books with your child regularly will allow these skills to develop and impact their progress in school. As you are reading to your child, you should model reading with appropriate pace, intonation and expression.

Children should be reading for a minimum of 20 minutes daily to enable them to gain the skills needed to access the wider curriculum.

Did you know?

Reading for 20 minutes a day – 3,600 minutes per school year – 1,800,00 words per year

Reading for 5 minutes a day – 900 minutes per school year – 282,000 words per year

Reading for 1 minute a day – 180 minutes per school year – 8,000 words per year


Regular reading at home is one of the most important things you can do to help your child to progress in school. Please find information below to help you to support your child with their reading. If you are unsure of how to best support your child, please see your child’s class teacher who will be able to help you further.

Eager ReadersĀ 

The ‘Eager Reader’ scheme is aimed at encouraging children to read regularly at home. Each week, children earn certificates if they have read four or more times over the week.

Children work towards earning their bronze, silver and gold badges. The four house teams compete against each other for half-termly rewards. The percentage of Eager Readers in each class is celebrated in our weekly celebration assemblies.

Please sign your child’s planner when they have read to help them to achieve their ‘Eager Reader’ status.

"It inspires you to read more which is great" - Ava

"It makes you a better reader and it's nice to be
rewarded too" - Nalah

Reading Spines

We aim to expose children to a range of high quality texts during their time at Oulton. Below you can find the reading spines for each key stage. These reading spines show a selection of the texts that children will read in each year group as part of the curriculum. It also suggests a lists of ‘recommended reads’ for children to read for enjoyment. Children have access to books of their choice in the school library and class reading areas alongside the levelled books that they bring home to share with an adult.

Read, Write, Inc Phonics

The Read Write Inc. programme teaches children to read accurately and fluently while developing their comprehension skills. Children learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. The programme is aimed at 4-9 year olds but can be adapted to meet the needs of all pupils. We are excited about using this new approach in school and are confident that it will help our children become the able and enthusiastic readers that we want them to be.

Children in EYFS and KS1 will work their way through the programme and those children that still require additional Phonics support in LKS2. Your child will bring home two decodable books each week. Children are encouraged to re-read these books to develop their confidence, fluency and their ‘story teller’ voice. These books are intended to develop your child’s word reading skills. We recommend sharing additional books with your child to encourage their love of reading and vocabulary.

You can find more information below and links to parent videos and documents to help you to support your child at home.