Phonics: Read, Write, Inc.

From the very beginning of their school life at Pennoweth, children are taught to read systematically through Read, Write Inc. This approach integrates phonics with comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting to prepare children as confident and competent readers.


Children undertake the National Phonics Screening Check in Year 1. Any child not reaching the required standard in this check will be given targeted support throughout Year 2 and will re-sit the Screening Check at the end of Year 2.

Progression in Reading
We have carefully considered the skills needed for children to become competent and confident readers and have mapped reading across the school for this year and next.
Children will experience a range of texts, from a range of well-known authors. These texts support the projects each term.
Click the links below to discover how skills will be developed across the school and the chosen texts for each project.

Fluency in Reading

In school, children will experience a wide range of teaching strategies and techniques to develop a deeper understanding of the texts read and further promote a love of reading. They will read individually with members of staff, in small groups and share books together as a whole class. Children will have the opportunity to select books from our library and use online resources to support reading.

Reading Comprehension: VIPERS

We have adopted VIPERS to best teach the key areas children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.


The six domains (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, and Sequence or Summarise) focus on the comprehension aspect of reading, rather than the mechanics of decoding, fluency, rhythm and intonation. VIPERS is an approach that engages children to respond to a range of questions asked of them and allows us to track how well the children respond. Using ongoing assessment, we use targeted questioning to enhance these necessary skills.


Click the links below to find out how children can be supported with VIPERS.