Brunel Academies Trust

Teaching of reading & reading schemes

Teaching of Reading at Brimble Hill 

  • At Brimble Hill School the teaching of reading is informed by the two core skills of decoding and language comprehension. Brimble Hill School uses a range of approaches to teach reading such as whole class, small group and 1:1.
  • Our pupils will read 1:1, share books with friends in class, explore stories through our sensory story sessions and sharing a story at the end of the day. Reading will be embedded into the wider curriculum (both in school and more functionally in the community). This is also supported by the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
  • As a school we follow the systematic synthetic phonics programme Read Write Inc. for the teaching of phonics – lesson plans are adapted, for example, utilising a more multisensory approach to meet pupils’ individual needs. This is used alongside a variety of other reading teaching methods. Reading material is accessible in each of the classrooms and the teaching of reading forms a regular part of the curriculum.
  • Our pupils working at or below Standard 1 of the Pre-Key Stage 1 Standards will follow a different approach using Nursery Rhymes, Sensory Stories, mark making activities, Environmental Sounds lotto, Singing Phonics, Music sessions and our SALT sessions.
  • Pupils have access to the reading scheme linked to Read, Write Inc. and where appropriate pupils work through the levels of this scheme, with allocated reading books appropriate to their phonics/reading level. Age appropriate reading material matched to pupils’ phonics level is available for pupils where needed.
  • Reading for pleasure is also supported and encouraged and books are available in all classrooms.
  • Classes are encouraged to make use of libraries in the community to further support the development of both reading for pleasure and for information.
  • The class teacher is responsible for the planning and assessment of progress in reading for the pupils in their class. All staff within the class (teachers and TAs) are responsible for the effective delivery of strategies to support reading.
  • All staff receive regular training in teaching reading. This will range from formal training sessions such as those on phonics, reading strategies to peer observation, modelling and sharing good practice between staff.

Reading Schemes and Phonics

Read Write Inc.

Oxford Owl


Reading Policy 

Literacy Policy - currently under review