At Delph Side, we truly believe that learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.

We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read

Children in Nursery-Year 2 take part in daily Read, Write Inc. sessions. Children are grouped according to their reading ability. Teachers assess children daily during sessions and half-termly assessments are undertaken to ensure that all children are making progress and are in the correctly matched group. Children in KS2 who have missed or misunderstood crucial phonic teaching will also attend Read, Write Inc. sessions daily.

If at any time we notice that a child is struggling to keep up with their phonics group, we ensure that appropriate intervention is put into place. Trained reading teachers spend time every afternoon tutoring children ensuring that they catch up with their reading quickly.


How will my child be taught to read?

We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. Ask them to show you what these are.

To find out more about Read Write Inc, check out the parent guides on

The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.

The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence.

The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.

How will I know how well my child is doing?

We will always let you know how well your child is doing.

We use various ways to find out how the children are getting on in reading. We use the information to decide what reading group they should be in. Your child will work with children who are at the same reading level as him or her. Children will move to a different group if they are making faster progress than the others. Your child will have one-to-one support if we think he or she needs some extra help to keep up. 

We also use a reading test so that we can make sure that all our children are at the level that they should be for their age compared to all the children across the country.

In the summer term, the government asks us to do a phonics check of all the Year 1 children. That gives us extra information about their progress. We will talk to you about how well your child has done, and especially if we have any worries at all.

What can I do to help? Is there anything that I shouldn't do?


You will be invited to a meeting so that we can explain how we teach reading. Please come and support your child. We would very much like you to know how to help.


When reading your child’s school reading book with them, help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘push’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly at this link:

We know parents and carers are very busy people. But if you can find time to read to your child as much as possible, it helps him or her to learn about books and stories. They also learn new words and what they mean. Show that you are interested in reading yourself and talk about reading as a family. You can find out about good stories to read to your child here:


Does it matter if my child misses a lesson or two?


It matters a lot if your child misses school. The way we teach children to read is very well organised, so even one missed lesson means that your child has not learnt something that they need to know to be a good reader.


Reading at Home


We want to encourage you to read with your child for at least 10 minutes every day. It really does make a difference to all their work in school.

Talk about illustration, book titles/authors, the type of book (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, plays, poems) – as these all build up valuable reading skills.

Remember to ask questions about the book you read with your child. It is all about reading and understanding the book.

All children have a log in to Bug Club where they can read ebooks matched to their reading level. 


Go to to log in.

Remember to write in your child’s reading diary. Due to the new guidelines for school reopening children will use a Reading Diary on Seesaw.

Read anything! Remember newspapers, comics, recipes, instructions, traffic signs, shop notices, shopping lists etc… all count as reading!

Sharing a bedtime story is a lovely end to the day – your child gets to hear an adult read to them. You can talk about the story, make a prediction about what might happen and look at the pictures. These are all important comprehension skills.



World Book Day 2020


This year we held a Harry Potter themed World Book Day. Children and staff dressed up as characters from the story and enjoyed a day of fun with activities related to the stories and lunch in the Great Hall in their Hogwart's house team.


Reading Week July 2020


During lockdown we held an online Reading Weekto celebrate and enjoy everything reading!!! Teachers recorded themselves reading stories and shared them on Seesaw and Facebook. Each day the children had different reading challenges, including reading in unusual places, recreating a book cover and making a den to read in.