We are passionate about reading at Kells Lane Primary School. We want every child to enjoy reading, to consider themselves a reader and to imagine themselves as authors of the future. Learning to read is the most important skill a child can learn.

Early Reading

At Kells Lane Primary School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. RWI is a method of learning focused on letter sounds and phonics and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. Each member of staff is trained by Ruth Miskin Training to ensure consistency across the whole-school.

How we teach RWI

We start the teaching of reading to the children in Nursery by introducing phonological awareness through rhyme, alliteration and syllables. In Reception, the children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. We also read to the children so the children get to know a wide range stories, poetry and information books.

How will I know how well my child is doing?

We will always let you know how well your child is doing.

We use various ways to find out how the children are getting on in reading. We use the information to decide what reading group they should be in. Your child will work with children who are at the same reading level. Your child will have one-to-one support if we think he or she needs some extra help to keep up. 

In the summer term, the government asks us to do a phonics check of all the Year 1 children. That gives us extra information about their progress. We will talk to you about how well your child has done, and especially if we have any worries at all. More information can be found here:

How long will it take to learn to read well?

By the end of Year 2, your child should be able to read aloud books that are at the right level for his or her age. In Year 3 we concentrate more on helping children to understand what they are reading, although this work begins very early on. This happens when the teacher reads to the children and also when the children read their own story book.

How can I help my child at home?

Your child will bring different sorts of books home from school. It helps if you know whether this is a book that your child can read on their own or whether this is a book that you should read to them. The teacher will have explained which is which. Please trust your child’s teacher to choose the book(s) that will help your child the most.

Help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘push’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly in this video.

Sometimes your child might bring home a picture book that they know well. Please don’t say, ‘This is too easy.’ Instead, encourage your child to tell you the story out loud; ask them questions about things that happen or what they think about some of the characters in the story.

We know parents and carers are very busy people. But if you can find time to read to your child as much as possible, it helps him or her to learn about books and stories. They also learn new words and what they mean. Show that you are interested in reading yourself and talk about reading as a family. You can find out about good stories to read to your child here:

You can stay up-to-date with your child’s reading via GoRead. You can add reading comments for your child’s class teacher to see using the app. Your child’s teacher will also leave comments via the app. You can download the app here:

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns. We are here to help.

Miss Endean is the Read, Write Inc Lead in our school.

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Our Reading Curriculum

At Kells Lane Primary School we firmly believe that reading is the key to educational success, and with this in mind, reading fluency and comprehension is at the core of our English teaching. We have a determination that all children will be competent readers by the time they leave our school; able to decode accurately and to comprehend what they have read. We want all children to experience the joy that reading can bring.  Our aim has been to select texts that are diverse in order to support our pupils to become tolerant, respectful, well-informed and empathetic young people. It is important to us that our selected titles not only reflect our shared British heritage, but also cultures across the world. 



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Book Talk

As a school we have adopted ‘Book Talk’ by Jane Considine. It is a systematic way to teach reading strategies across the whole school. It is underpinned by certain guiding principles: 

  • All children in the classroom will be accessing narrative, non-fiction or poetry at the same time. 
  • Children will receive 30 minute ‘Book Talk’ sessions and once a week will intensively work with the class teacher on reading strategies and comprehension skills. 
  • Each Book Talk session is layered with open-ended whole class questions to tackle the three layers of the reading rainbow. 
  • Book Talk is structured with three reasons to read. The reasons to read are taken from ‘The Reading Rainbow’. One reason is taken from the top layer of the rainbow under FANTASTIC. The second reason is taken from the STYLISTIC layer. The third reason is taken from the ANALYTICS layer. These are introduced to the pupils in chunks and it is through these generic lenses they think and discuss their reading material.


At Kells Lane Primary School, we also use Lexia to support children across our school from Year 1 to Year 6 if they need extra help with their reading. Lexia is a computer-based reading programme providing a personalised set of online activities which are completed daily. It is reviewed regularly to track and support children who may be struggling with their reading.

Our school library & classroom libraries

Ran by a group of keen Y6 librarians, we are very proud of our school library. It has a huge range of books and is used and loved by everyone in our school. Here is our timetable for when to return your library book:

Mon- Elm, Y2 & Y3

Tues- Larch & Y1

Fri- Nursery, Reception, Y5 & Y4

Birthday Books

In each classroom, we also have mini libraries linked to our year group ‘Must Reads’. To keep our classroom libraries well stocked with high quality, diverse books, we have set up year group wish lists. If you would like to support us with replenishing our books, as well as celebrating your child’s birthday in school, we have a new initiative set-up called Birthday Books! Buying a book from the wish list will be delivered directly to our school, then we will add a personalised bookplate inside for your child which will be presented to them in an assembly. The book will then live in your child’s class mini-library to be shared and enjoyed by everyone! We hope you will join in and help us spread the love of books!

Thank you, from the Y6 librarians.

Nursery Must Reads Wish List

EY Must Reads Wish List

Year 1 Must Reads Wish List

Year 2 Must Reads Wish List

Year 3 Must Reads Wish List

Year 4 Must Reads Wish List

Year 5 Must Reads Wish List

Year 6 Must Reads Wish List