Reading at Crown Lane


We use a programme called Read, Write, Inc to teach phonics to children from Reception up to Year 3. Read, Write, Inc (RWI) is a synthetic phonics programme which is implemented consistently and and rigourously to ensure all children learn to read by the end of Key Stage 1.

Through the RWI programme, children learn how to blend letter sounds together to read and write confidently and fluently. All children from Reception to Year 3 have been individually assessed and placed into small ability groups. Each group is led by either a teacher or teaching assistant who has been on a two day training programme to deliver the programme.

When using RWI to read, the children will:

  • Learn the 44 sounds of the English language and the corresponding letter / letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • Learn to read words by using ‘Fred Talk’ (sounding out each sound in the word)
  • Read stories featuring the words they have learned to sound out
  • Show that they understand what they have read by answering questions

When using RWI to write, the children will:

  • Learn to write the letters / letter groups which represent the 44 sounds of the English language
  • Learn to write words by using ‘Fred Talk’ (sounding out each sound in the word)
  • Write simple sentences

Within the programme children also develop accurate letter formation through the use of rhymes.

RWI is designed for children to progress through at their own pace. We assess every child each term and then move children within groups to ensure they make rapid progress through the programme. Once your child is reading at a Level 2a, they will complete the programme and begin a spelling programme linked to the new National Curriculum expectations.

In addition to RWI, all children have a separate Literacy lesson with their whole class. During this lesson they further develop their writing skills alongside speaking and listening and drama activities. Children also develop an understanding of a variety of genres and complete work relating to their topic.

Guided Reading

At Crown Lane, all children from Reception to Year 6 take part in a daily Guided Reading session. This is a session of approximately half an hour where children focus on developing their reading skills. Children are placed in ability groups of approximately 6 children. Over the week children take part in a carousel of activities which are planned to meet their needs and address learning objectives appropriate to their level of reading and comprehension.  They will read with an adult at least twice over the week. When working independently, children will complete activities related to an objective such as:

  • Research on the ipads
  • Answering questions about the book they are reading
  • Writing activities such as – diary entry, a letter, character profile
  • Comprehension task
  • Drama response to book
  • Book review
  • Note taking
  • Creating their own book
  • Reading independently
  • And many more…

During the session with an adult, children read a levelled text from our Guided Reading books. They have a discussion with the adult based around an objective from the National Curriculum.

Home School Reading

Each week your child will bring home a levelled reading book that has been chosen for them by their class teacher.  This book is designed to be a slight challenge for your child – this may be in the language the book contains or the theme of the text. Your child’s book will be changed weekly on a Friday. Over the year, your child should read a range of genres (stories, poetry, non fiction, graphic novels etc). Your child will also be able to choose an independent reader from their class library. They can change this as often as they wish.

We are currently launching the Crown Lane Reading Journal. This offers you as a parent the opportunity to comment on your child’s reading and to establish an additional line of communication between you and your child’s teacher. Within the reading journal there is advice on how best to support your child with reading, as well as questions you can ask your child. There are also book review pages for your child to complete and some lists of spellings they should know how to read and write.

There are three different reading journals – one for children in Lower School (Reception and Year 1), on for Middle School (Years 2, 3 and 4) and one for Upper School (Years 5 and 6).