Melbourn Primary School

Making Learning Irresistible


‘The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.’ Dr Seuss




Children are taught phonics skills through the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme. The regular assessment and clear scheme ensures progression for all pupils. The children have access to Oxford Reading Tree books which are used for both reading in school and at home.


Our Early Years team believe that an enjoyment of books and stories is at the heart of what they do. Writing is planned around the idea of ‘Talk for Writing’ and allows children to learn and explore stories. This also provides access to high quality vocabulary.



Key Stage 1 Reading

We teach phonics to Year 1 and 2 using the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme. The children are assessed half termly and taught accordingly with the RWI scheme ensuring progression.  The start of each lesson involves learning a new sound, reading, and writing words that contain the new sound. Each new sound is reviewed daily to encourage quick recall and speedy reading. Along with phonics, Year 1 and 2 children access ‘Whole Class Guided Reading’ where they are taught specific reading skills to help them understand what they have read. This has a strong focus on vocabulary and supports our pupils in ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’.


We use primarily RWI book bag books to support home reading. This is supported by Big Cat and Oxford reading tree as children progress through school.



Key Stage 2 Reading

Our school aims to make “learning irresistible” and to this end reading lessons encompass activities which promote reading widely for pleasure. Our approach to guided reading means that every child is taught the necessary reading skills for their age group as well as exploring new and exciting vocabulary.