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 Reading at Westlands…

At Westlands we are passionate about reading. Each year group has a core text each half term or term, which forms the foundation for their theme and in particular our English curriculum. These texts are carefully chosen to promote oracy (learning to speak and speaking to learn), interest and to provide an understanding of our world. Reading and language are at the heart of our learning, and we aim to give all of our children a life-long love of both the spoken and written word. This is being further developed through our ‘Voice 21’ programme (joined September 21). 

The ‘Sounds Write’ linguistic phonics programme  ( ) is used in EYFS and KS1 to give children a firm foundation in reading words. This also forms a basis for supporting pupils in KS2 who are working below the expected level for word reading. This programme develops alongside a wealth of other reading opportunities and a drive to foster a life-long love of reading. Every year group has sets of books that reflect the progression in our phonics programme, as well as a range of fiction and non-fiction age-appropriate texts.

 We aim for every classroom environment to entice our children to read and give them ideas to deepen their understanding of texts, as well as broaden their reading experience. These classroom reading areas include questions and sentence stems to deepen children’s understanding and develop their talk around different types of texts. This may be through questions, sentence stems or recommendations.

These areas are particularly promoted during weekly ‘Love of Reading’ sessions, where children are challenged to try something new, work on their ‘Year of Reading’ challenge (see recommended book lists that the children are challenged to read in a year) or present their recommendations to a group.


We further develop our class and library reading resources every year to match our children’s needs and interests, and add new and exciting texts. This ensures a rich and varied immersion into texts that stretch, inspire and nurture.

Parents play an extremely important role in developing their children as life-long readers, so we provide parent workshops; advice, targets and comments through every child’s reading record and a recommended book list for every year group. These recommended texts form part of our ‘Year of Reading’ challenge, which will be celebrated in the Summer term. Class teachers are always on hand to lend support and further advice.

Click on the Year Group for Reading Challenge Booklist or for more information about the Essex Year of Reading.    Essex Year of Reading