Reading at Green Gates is exciting and inspiring. We create a love of reading with a variety of techniques. Our children see reading as an enjoyable activity and a transferrable skill.

We want children to understand that reading skills can help them to access a range of texts and information from different viewpoints and cultures.

EYFS and Key Stage One

Why use RWI?
The RWI programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching every child to read and write using phonics. Evidence of this can be found in the Ofsted Report, Reading by six: how the best schools do it.

Miss Roberts, our Deputy Head, has created a video to help parents with how to listen to readers who are having Read Write Inc sessions.


Where can I find out more about RWI?
The official Read Write Inc website, provides all the information you need to support your child through the programme.

Key Stage Two

Once children complete our Read Write Inc. phonics programme, normally at the end of Year 2, they move onto focusing on reading comprehension and as a school we teach whole class reading sessions using an approach known as DERIC. As part of this, we explicitly talk about and discuss the following specific reading skills:

Decode: Word Reading
Explain: Discussing vocabulary in context and discussing understanding of whole texts
Retrieve: Finding Information in the text
Interpret: Inference skills with a emphasis on using evidence
Choice: Focus on author’s choice of words and layout

Group discussions enable the children to share opinions about themes in the story and to understand more complex language patterns. Once these discussions have taken place, children learn a range of skills to enable them to answer questions about a text. The children are taught the skills of simple information retrieval and shown how to gain a deeper understanding of the text using the complex skill of inference.
Each year group has a class novel (3 per year) which they study for a term.
The ultimate aim is for children to become avid readers who are not only able to understand a text, but are able to make judgements and express opinions and preferences – clearly justifying their reasons.


As a school, we also use Lexia, a very personalised approach to reading. Pupils enjoy using their iPads to access Lexia reading.

Home Reading

Every child is expected to take a book home to read, and their parent/carer is expected to record in their home reading record on a daily basis. We encourage the children to read at home regularly and to reach the sun in our ‘Read for the Stars’ reading reward scheme.

Reading Areas

At Green Gates Primary, every class has a reading area and a selection of books which the children can choose from to read for pleasure. We are also incredibly lucky to have a wonderful, immersive library where the children can relax and enjoy a book or two.