Westmoor Primary School

Learning together through truth, opportunity and celebration.


Reading at Westmoor


Competence in reading is a life long skill and the key to independent learning. Therefore, the teaching of reading is given a high priority by all Westmoor school staff.


We recognise that reading is a multi-strategy approach to understanding the written word. It is not simply mastering the art of decoding but involves the ability to read with understanding a wide range of texts. The texts will include fiction, non-fiction, real world texts such as labels, captions, lists and environmental print.


Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is fundamental in developing children’s self esteem, confidence and motivation. It is for this reason we place a heavy emphasis on reading and enjoyment of books from the earliest stage of your child’s education.


How We Teach Reading 

We have a systematic yet creative approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. From Nursery onwards children are taught using the Letters and Sounds programme to recognise sounds (phonemes) and letters (graphemes) in order to read and spell words. We also use the ditties from Read Write Inc as a memory aid. Common words, that cannot be sounded out, are taught within this programme and are referred to as tricky words. Click here to view our Phonics page. 


Click here to see each year groups spellings.

As soon as children are ready, they will bring home a reading book. All reading books are banded according to their level of difficulty. Children also have a weekly visit to our school library.


Quality texts form the spine for all of our teaching and a varied selection of poetry, fiction and non-fiction is available in all classes. Our recommended reading spine Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.  

The reading books we have in school further support the teaching of phonics and are colour banded according to their phase and level. 


Click here to view the Reading Scheme in our school.

Click here for tips about reading at home with young children.

Click here for tips about reading at home with older children.

Click here for the Reception Parent Reading Sheet. 

One of the Reading Schemes we use in school is Oxford Reading Tree. Click here to find out more information.

Westmoor Primary School, Southgate, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 6SA                  

Telephone: 0191 6432260

email: office@westmoorprimary.org.uk   

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