Chidham Parochial Primary School

“Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15 verse 12




At Chidham Primary Parochial School, we believe that reading is an essential life skill and are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers.

Our aim is to ensure that pupils gain a thirst for reading; exploring a range of genres and participating in discussions about books. Our curriculum has been designed to enable pupils, not only read for pleasure but, use books to research and gather new knowledge to extend their understanding.



At Chidham Parochial Primary School, we use a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. Children are taught from the very beginning of Reception – Year 2 and this continues into Key Stage 2, where necessary. Phonics sessions take place daily where children learn letter sounds and blend them together to read and write words. This is supported with three reading sessions per week, covering decoding, prosody and comprehension. The books are matched to the children’s secure phonic knowledge.

Throughout KS 1 and KS 2 we teach English through the use of high quality picture books, novels, poetry and non-fictions engaging pupils using a range of teaching approaches. A class book is shared, giving time for deeper discussion of quality text.

Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely through our reading scheme. Whole class guided reading sessions cover a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction books and help to advance the children’s comprehension skills.

We also provide enrichment opportunities, such as hosting author workshops, celebrating World Book Day, participating in Poetry Day and entering creative writing competitions. These additional experiences help us to enrich the curriculum even further and continue to deepen the children’s learning.



As we believe that reading is key to all learning, the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of statutory assessments. As the children develop their own interest in books, a deep love of literature across a range of genres cultures and styles is enhanced.

Through the teaching of systematic phonics and reading, our aim is for children to become fluent and confident readers who can apply their knowledge and experience to

a range of texts. The Salford reading tests and teaching assessments are carried out termly and show the continual progress of pupils.

Pupil voice is very important and helps the school to gauge the impact of our provision:

“I really like reading with the new picture books. I love the books about pets.” Reception child

“I can read chapter books now and love to read in my spare time.” Year 2 child

“I love sharing a book with my friends, we get lots of opportunities to share books.” Year 3 child

“I love reading, especially Harry Potter books (although I will read anything). I really enjoy going to the library and bookshop.” Year 5 child