Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children being exposed to a range of high-quality stories. Regular storytimes occur in each class, helping to develop a love and enjoyment of reading. Through regular story time, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary.


Read Write Inc in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and beyond

We are passionate about children being able to read and we strive to help children develop a lifelong love of reading.


At Wilcombe we use the Read Write Inc programme to help children begin to learn to read. Most children begin the programme in Reception where they learn single letter phonemes through a fun and purposeful way. Sounds are taught in a specific order using visual aids, mnemonics and actions. The children are taught in discrete groups with a Read Write Inc teacher. Children learn to blend sounds, enabling them to read words, with the help of Fred Frog!

Children quickly progress on to reading level appropriate books with a partner, with the aim of becoming fluent and able readers.  The programme is a high impact and children progress quickly, through high-quality teaching and regular assessments. Most children complete the programme by the end of Year 2.


Accelerated Reader (AR) in KS2

AR is a reading program that helps teachers support and monitor children’s reading practice. Children pick a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. When finished, children take a short online quiz to measure how much of the book they understood. The children are awarded points and can track their own progress. The children in KS2 are enthusiastic about this reading program, developing their comprehension in reading through a range of stories and books.


Reciprocal Reading throughout the school

To ensure that children are developing their comprehension and understanding skills of what they have read, all classes use whole class teaching of reading. A text is carefully selected for all children to read with peers and teachers. Children will then complete a range of questions about the text with the support of their teacher and peers. Children take on roles such as; clarifier, summariser, questioner, predictor and link maker to explore and find meaning in texts. Reciprocal reading emphasises collaboration and supports independent comprehension skills.




Talk for Writing across the school

All children at Wilcombe learn to write through Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet rigorous approach to developing writing skills.


Children begin by learning and internalising a class text through imitation. A hook entices children into the text and begins a rich discussion.


These children have discovered straw and stick houses being blown down, followed by muddy paw prints on the playground. The children thought it was The Three Little Pigs or Farmer Duck.







Children learn to tell the story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and use a story map to support their retelling.


Once the story is learnt and children are confident with the text type and structure, they begin to innovate the original with their own ideas. They then move on to being able to invent their very own story.