Reading at Gwinear


Reading is a school priority at Gwinear and we recognise that learning to read is an essential skill. We are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers.  

 Children have the daily opportunity to read quietly independently or 1:1 with an adult. Children from KS2 also ‘buddy read’ with KS1 children, sharing books together boosts children’s confidence and instils a love of reading.  


Gwinear Loves Reading! 


Staff and children at our school are passionate about reading. Teachers regularly read a class book to the children. It's a really important part of our day and children and adults are really enthusiastic about reading time.


Reading at Home


Throughout the school we ask that each child reads at home every day. This could be independently or with an adult. We believe this is the most important homework children can do, and we encourage children to see this as something enjoyable. Reading for pleasure allows children to dream, imagine and question. For children that aren’t able to read at home we have lots of brilliant adult volunteers in school who love sharing books with children and hearing them read.


Our Library 


We are lucky to have an incredible inspiring library space, themed around children's books. Each class uses the library regularly to hear their favourite stories and to choose a book to take home. You would be very welcome to come in and visit our lovely library and choose a book to take home and read with your child.


Early Reading


Jolly Phonics


Our children learn phonics starting in Poldhu class. We use the Jolly phonics rhymes and actions when introducing each new sound.


Have a look at the Jolly Phonics sounds in action:


Through KS1 we follow the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics skills for children.  


Reading in KS2


Children in KS2 have guided reading sessions with VIPERS being applied as the main structure for questions. 









In our lessons we enjoy looking at a wide diet of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and songs and using the VIPERS skills to discuss them in class.


Progress in children’s reading is monitored closely by teachers and targeted intervention is put into place for those not making the expected progress.


Thank you for all your support at home with reading!


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