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Reading at Manorfield

Quality texts are at the heart of teaching, exploring and enjoying reading at Manorfield. Throughout the school, stories, poems and non-fiction texts form the basis of literacy and topic work.

Key Stage 1

Throughout Key stage 1 children begin their reading journey using the Read, Write Inc. Scheme. In EYFS and Year 1 we use the RWI scheme which is very prescriptive but follows a pattern which works well with the children's learning. In RWI the children read books in pairs every day and the teacher checks their fluency and blending/phonics. There are regular questions to check understanding and further questions to delve deeper into inferred meaning. The children have a reading book each week (the book they have been doing in their RWI group) and they are expected to read it several times at home with an adult. The children also have access to a range of free-choice books suited to their phonic ability to take home each week also. The children use a key text in topic work to enhance their understanding and to explore in more depth as well as building the foundations of reading comprehension skills.

As the children progress to Year 2 where the need for specific phonic-based reading is less the children will typically have RWI Word Time each day, one lesson a week focussing on reading comprehension skills using the VIPERS method and a high-quality class text which is linked with their current topic to create cross-curricular links between reading, writing, geography, history and science. High frequency and common exception words are reinforced each day using flash cards or word games.


Key Stage 2

As the children move into Key Stage 2, the focus moves from word-reading to more in depth understanding of what has been read and thinking critically about it. Reading is taught in direct comprehension lessons looking at a specific reading focus using the VIPERS method. Teachers tailor lessons to meet the needs of the class according to question level analysis of the most recent assessment. Reading is also part of creative literacy sessions with focus such as inference and examination of vocabulary and language is combined with written lessons and role play. 

Children reading for pleasure daily and display and rotate new books in the teachers display books in the class library and recommend texts based on what they feel individual children will like. The displayed texts in the library are often stories and non-fiction to accompany the current topic. A range of books and genres are used (as well as poetry and picture books).

Class read of the chosen text is done daily. This helps to further understanding and critique of the text whilst allowing the children to still enjoy being read to whilst also gaining a model for expression and fluency.


Our aim is for children to leave Manorfield: