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Reading Skills

How do we teach reading at Waterside Primary School?


Year 2 (Autumn and Spring 1)

In the Autumn and beginning of the Spring term in Year 2, at Waterside, we continue to build on the reading skills that the children have learned in Year 1.  We continue to use the Little Wandle Reading Session structure with book banded books (or decodable books for those still requiring phonics) to develop fluency and comprehension.


  • Children apply their phonics knowledge by using a full matched decodable reader in a small group reading practice session.
  • These sessions are 15- 20 minutes long and happen three times a week. There are approximately 6 children in a group.
  • The sessions follow the model set out in Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.


Year 2 – 6

From Spring 2 in Year 2 through to Year 6 children are taught reading skills through a whole class reading sessions. These sessions occur 4 times per week and follow a clear structure to ensure consistency across school.  However, children who require additional support for reading will receive a well differentiated reading session to meet their needs to develop their confidence in reading. In reading skills lessons children:

Develop their fluency of reading through modelled reading and opportunities to read

Develop understanding of vocabulary and the meanings of new words

Develop their internal voice as a reader

Deepen their comprehension skills (aligned with their specific areas for development)

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Wil be become increasingly independent in applying reading skills