At Nancledra School, English and the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure every single child becomes primary literate and progresses in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.


English at Nancledra will not only be a daily discrete lesson, but is at the cornerstone of the entire curriculum.  It is embedded within all our lessons and we strive for a high level of English for all. Through using high-quality texts, immersing children in vocabulary rich learning environments and ensuring new curriculum expectations and the progression of skills are met, the children at Nancledra will be exposed to a language heavy, creative and continuous English curriculum.   This will not only enable them to become primary literate, but will also develop a love of reading, creative writing and purposeful speaking and listening.


Nancledra School uses a systematic scheme -  Little Wandle Letters and Sounds (revised) - to teach Phonics and Early Reading. Use the link to visit the parent's information pages, which include resources and videos.

Click below to see the progression of phonics taught in Reception and year 1

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Reading is a key tool for life. Teaching children to become excellent readers is a large part of what we do at Nancledra.


At Nancledra, it is our intention to ensure pupils are able to read fluently and confidently across a range of subjects and develop a love of reading and books to prepare them for the next stage of their education.

We encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Click to Download Nancledra Reading Approach KS2 Reading With Meaning [pdf 577KB] Click to Download

Reading Curriculum



  • The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1. Phonics is taught daily to all children in EYFS, Year 1 and 2.  Those children who still require phonic support as they go into KS2 also have regular phonics intervention.  Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, through the Little Wandle – revised Letters & Sounds Scheme.
  • Phonic and early reading workshops are provided for EYFS parents to enable them to support their child’s development. 
  • Timely intervention is planned for those children who are working below expected levels as soon as needs are identified through Precision Teaching from HLTAs.  Interventions focus primarily on pupils in KS1 to ensure they are well prepared for KS2.  Teacher assessment, learning ladders and formative assessments are used throughout the year to identify further pupils who require interventions.  These are bespoke and tailored to individuals.
  • The school ensures all texts are accurately matched to pupil ability, as all books within our ‘banded book’ boxes are graded to ensure progression and challenge for all children.  These are high interest, quality books including fiction and non-fiction scheme books and real books.  In Key Stage two, once pupils assessed to be ‘free readers’, pupils can select from a wide range of quality texts.  All classrooms have their own library with a wide selection of fiction texts.  The school library has a range of non-fiction books, which are tailored towards the Nancledra curriculum and interests.
  • VIPERS is used across KS1 and KS2 to teach reading skills. VIPERS is a mnemonic, which stands for: vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve, sequence & summarise.  Parents receive a leaflet providing information and support.  In Lower Key Stage Two, reading is taught through a mixture of group reading and whole class reading.   Comprehension is taught through carefully chosen texts, images and film, using ‘VIPERS’.  In Upper Key Stage Two, pupils are taught reading skills through whole class reading lessons, including carefully chosen whole texts and extracts, images, music and film, using ‘VIPERS’. 
  • In Year 2 – 6, the Spelling shed scheme is used to ensure spelling patterns are taught sequentially, building on previous learning as well as supporting home learning.
  • In Key Stage Two, whole class novels are linked to the subject pupils are studying.  
  • The following incentives and schemes are used:
  • Class 1 word badges
  • Reading karate bands
  • Nancledra ‘Read around the World’ Challenge

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Click to Download Class 4 reading Plan [pdf 113KB] Click to Download