Reading in Year 1



Read Write Inc. (RWInc) continues each day, in class on a Monday and out into differentiated groups for the rest of the week. Children continue to work their way through the sight reading sheets that we send home, with the aim that this supports their fluency in reading.


Children are taught to read (and spell) the Year 1 Common Exception Words during SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) Meetings. We assess all children every half term to track their individual progress with the Common Exception Words.

The children are heard read individually by their class teacher, TA’s and volunteers within the school.



Reading Diaries:


When a child is read with, it can be written in their reading diary, by any adult in school or at home. This is a useful way to communicate what each child is working on next and what they are doing really well with in terms of Reading. It also gives the children an opportunity to track their own progress and reflect on the books they have read so far.



Reading Bands:


  • Our book band system is progressive, starting in Reception with the early stage Dandelion books through to Grey banded books and becoming a free reader at the end of KS1.

  • Our ‘colour banded books’ are the books that the children take home to practice their reading skills and support the reading stage a child is working at.

  • We use a range of reading scheme books which include ‘Big Cat’, Oxford reading books and a range of other schemes.

  • In the early stages the books are phonic based and in line with the schools RWInc. Phonic scheme.












Classroom Reading Corners:


We make sure our classroom reading corners are also full of exciting texts for the children to access. We are very proud of our library which is constantly being updated with the newest, most shiny books for our children to enjoy.

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