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Coningsby St Michael's Church of England Primary School

Believe. Aspire. Succeed.

Phonics & Reading

At Coningsby St Michael’s we know that by putting reading at the heart of all our learning, children will be able to enter into exciting worlds through books, improve their powerful knowledge and confidently access the curriculum we provide. We believe everyone at our school has a duty to promote reading and this begins in reception and throughout Key Stage One. We develop children’s love for books through sustained structured conversations and discussions.

Our aim is to help children develop a lifelong love for reading so we teach reading in reception through the Read Write Inc. programme. Children learn to decode and recognise words through daily, high quality, systematic, phonics teaching. (See link below for more information). Skills in comprehension, stamina and fluency are developed in Key Stage Two where children are taught through whole class guided reading lessons.

Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 at Coningsby St Michael's we use Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc phonics program to teach sounds and early reading. Please click for more information:

Find out more about RWInc from Ruth Miskin herself

Year 2 & Key Stage 2

By Spring term we expect all children in Year 2 to begin whole class guided reading along side their peers in Key Stage 2. At Coningsby St Michael's we know that our children learn best from reading together and supporting each other to develop their skills in vocabulary and comprehension.

Whole class reading takes place every day across Key Stage 2 using VIPERS  and RIC activities as the focus to improve children's reading. 

Vocabulary is a key priority in KS2 and children are encouraged to use dictionaries to develop their knowledge and understanding of unknown words. Each lesson begins with a focus on Tier 1, 2 and 3 vocabulary as appropriate to the text being read. Children revisit these words throughout the week to support their understanding and use of the words. Pre teaching of vocabulary allows those children who need extra support to participate fully in lessons. Furthermore, all subjects across the curriculum have focused vocabulary that is shared with children at the start of a new term to demonstrate our commitment to providing children with a vocabulary enriched curriculum. 


Guided reading is taught  4 days a week through a structured program that includes:


Share Learning Question


Activity 1

Quick start quiz

Based on prediction/ subsequent reads

Activity 2

Share vocabulary

Recap of previous learnt words/ new words each day

Activity 3

Read text

Teacher model/ echo/choral/ping pong etc

Activity 4

Partner talk


Activity 5

Individual thinking

Could include true/ false questions

Activity 6

Solo task

Explain why…


Each session is planned to engage children to develop their reading skills as they progress through school. This is further supported through our reading spine and subject based books that further develop and hone our pupil's mastery of reading. See below for more information about our reading spine and how we have created a scheme of books that is tailored to the needs of our children.


We value reading at Coningsby St Michael's

Reading & Phonics


Coningsby St Michael’s aims for all children to read with confidence, fluency and understanding; have an interest in the written word and read for enjoyment; and employ a range of independent strategies to self monitor and correct.


  • At Key stage 1 children should begin to read fiction and non-fiction independently and with enthusiasm.
  • At Key stage 2 children should read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them.
  • All pupils receive weekly opportunities for planned whole class guided reading lessons with a teacher. Shared and independent reading will take place whenever appropriate.
  • Class reading opportunities are differentiated either through texts or support.
  • Foundation Stage and KS1 follow RWInc- Phonics
  • Classes in KS2 s in school will have a class text usually related to the current topic. The class will explore the text in English lessons and use it as the stimulus for different forms of writing. This text will be shared with parents on class curriculum newsletters.
  • Reading material is varied to reflect a variety of genres, topics, personal choice and current affairs.
  • All pupils and parents are actively encouraged and supported to enjoy home reading.
  • Phonics is taught daily in Foundation Stage & Key stage 1 using the RWInc phonics program; Book bag books from RWINc are matched closely to children's phonics level
  • Classrooms provide banded reading books, picture books and paperbacks for more confident readers.
  • All book areas reflect current topics which are updated each half term.
  • All classes have the opportunity to visit the school library weekly. Children are encouraged to choose material which will engage and challenge them.
  • Children will have the opportunity to change home reading books during guided reading sessions in Key stage 1 and whenever appropriate in Key stage 2.


We feel strongly that reading high quality texts can support learning in all curriculum areas. We have collected a library of books to support learning in maths in the early years and through key stage 1. We are currently working on developing a similar resource to support our older children too.