Teaching Reading at Wicklea

At Wicklea we aim to develop a lifelong love of reading in our children. Children are read aloud to regularly, learn a wide range of reading strategies, complete reading comprehensions linked to genres and topics, read individually to an adult every two weeks and take books home to read with their family.

Pupils will be given a range of reading opportunities each week.

Accelerated Reader- (link - https://ukhosted98.renlearn.co.uk/6218106/ )

Each year group's individual reading books will be taken from levelled accelerated reader books. At the start of the year, pupils will take a star reader test to determine which level books they should be reading. They will be given a ZPD level range to select books from.

As soon as a pupil has finished their book they take a quiz about the book online. If pupil's are achieving well in their quiz's they will be moved up the levels within their ZPD range.  

At regular points throughout the year pupils will retake the star reader test to be given a new ZPD range.


Regular comprehensions are taught as part of English. These may or may not be linked to a specific genre or text.

  •          Comprehensions can be published or written by teachers.
  •          During reading comprehensions pupils will have opportunities to apply reading strategies.
  •          Comprehensions should include questions that cover some or all of the specific reading objectives and cover a range of text types, fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
  •          Standardised comprehensions will be used to test children 3 times a year.

Individual reading-

When hearing readers we ensure the atmosphere is purposeful and that the child feels comfortable. There are dedicated reading times for all children across the school, with targeted readers identified and heard read more frequently.  Reading Diaries are used as a key tool for communicating reading with parents.