Wickersley Northfield Primary School

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Northfield Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 2HL



Wickersley Northfield Primary School

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Reading at Wickersley Northfield Primary


Reading is an essential part of our curriculum at Wickersley Northfield Primary and our aspiration is for every child to be able to read fluently and enjoy reading.

From the very outset, we place huge emphasis on ensuring every child masters the early reading skills and is able to decode fluently through the systematic teaching of our Read Write Inc. programme. Children with effective phonics, word reading and comprehension skills will then go on to become fluent readers.

We aim to provide a wide range of reading experiences and opportunities for children to explore a wealth of different books and develop a love for reading throughout.


Essential Characteristics of Reading:

  • Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
  • Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
  • Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
  • An excellent comprehension of texts.
  • The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
  • Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts

Breadth of study: National Curriculum for Reading

Key Stage 1:

  • Listen to traditional tales.
  • Listen to a range of texts.
  • Learn some poems by heart.
  • Become familiar with a wide range of texts of different lengths.
  • Discuss books.
  • Build up a repertoire of poems to recite.
  • Use the class and school libraries.
  • Listen to short novels over time.

Threshold Concepts for Reading:

Read words accurately - This concept involves decoding and fluency 

Understanding texts - This concept involves understanding both the literal and more subtle nuances of texts. 

My Book Blog

Pupils in KS2 love using My Book Blog to blog about their latest read.

Bug Club

We use our chromebooks and iPads to enjoy reading Bug Club books online.



The footballer, Marcus Rashford wants all children to experience that wonderful feeling of curling up with a book that transports you to another world. He is setting up his own book club  to promote reading. He asked teachers across the country to name their top books for children. Here's the top 10!

Have many have you read?

Top 10 reads recommended by teachers:

  1. Holes, Louis Sachar
  2. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  3. Unstoppable, Dan Freedman
  4. Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman
  5. Diary of a Killer Cat. Anne Fine
  6. Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
  7. The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy
  8. The Butterfly Lion, Michael Murpurgo
  9. The Lives of Christopher Chant, Diana Wynn Jones
  10. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Here is Waterstones' November Children's Book of the Month!

Breadth of study: National Curriculum for Reading

Key Stage 2:

  • Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and legends.
  • Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.
  • Learn poetry by heart.
  • Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends, traditional stories, modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other cultures.
  • Take part in conversations about books.
  • Learn a wide range of poetry by heart.
  • Use the school and community libraries.
  • Look at classification systems.
  • Look at books with a different alphabet to English.
  • Read and listen to whole books.

Reading Ambassadors

Say hello to our new Reading Ambassadors!

These children have been selected for their ‘love of reading’. Our ambassadors will be encouraging and promoting reading for pleasure throughout school. This will include
reviewing new books, contributing to reading areas/displays around school and supporting our upcoming ‘Book Week’ in March. They are looking forward to sharing their enjoyment of reading with everyone.
Watch this space for more details!

LATEST NEWS from our Reading Ambassadors

Please watch this space for news and event information