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William Shrewsbury Primary School
William Shrewsbury
Primary School
Learning and Growing Together


The Culture of Reading at William Shrewsbury Primary

"At William Shrewsbury we aim to create a generation of enthusiastic and confident readers who go on to have a lifelong love of reading." 

Phonics and Early Reading

The school has a rigorous and structured approach to the teaching of phonics and reading based on 'the William Shrewsbury Phonics Scheme'. Children are introduced to initial phonic work in the Nursery and from Reception to Year 2 a daily focused phonics session is taught to all children. We plant the seeds of early reading through segmenting, blending and storytelling which then grows into appreciating texts in greater depth through the explicit instruction of reading strategies in KS1 and KS2. 

A range of decodable reading books are used to support the early reading process which matches their current phonic level. Children are also encouraged to read a wide range of texts and our book based curriculum helps to provide this. 

The teaching of phonics is continued in the Juniors and leads into a support for spelling programme when the majority of children have acquired all phonics. For the small number of children who need further support intervention, catch up programmes are used. 

Book Based Curriculum

Our school uses five exciting texts each year to inspire our reading and writing curriculum. This helps us explore high quality, wide-ranging text to achieve a depth of thinking in English and the wider curriculum too. Please see attachments below for our whole school book based curriculum overview. 

Whole Class Reading Sessions

At William Shrewsbury Primary, all children read every day. Our board and exciting reading curriculum offers daily reading for all children in class and opportunities to learn key reading skills. Our whole class reading lessons follow a weekly reading structure which is adapted for our infant and junior children. We understand the importance of modelling key reading skills before giving children the opportunity to consolidate these independently. Reading lessons in KS2 last for 40-60 minutes and 35-40 minutes in KS1. 

Reading Events

At William Shrewsbury we celebrate our love of reading at every opportunity! From book fairs to author visits, the joy we find in books can be seen in so many places. 

Recommended Reads

Our 'Recommended Reads' offer 50 books for each year group to challenge themselves to read. These are in every reading corner and provide a range of genres, cultures and styles. 

Promoting Reading

In addition to our stunning school library, all of our classrooms have exciting, themed book corners that give all children the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them. Books are also available for home use. The Reading Maze library is available for use by Infant parents and children and the Nursery and Reception children also have dedicated home libraries. 


Writing in the curriculum. 

Writing has a close link with reading and we ensure this is evident throughout the school and within our book based curriculum. We encourage enthusiasm and passion for writing through many ways. In the infants children use familiar stories, their own experiences and topics to support and enhance their writing. As children move through the school, writing becomes more precise and technical as it links to SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) teaching. 

We believe it is important for children to use their real life experiences to guide their writing so it becomes personal to themselves. In addition to this, writing is planned through cross curricular opportunities as it is important for children to transfer their writing skills to all areas of the curriculum. 

Current national tests in English include:

Year 2: 

Reading Assessment Test

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) 

Writing is judged through on-going Teacher assessment throughout the year and moderation through the Central Cooperative Learning Trust. 

Year 6:

Reading Assessment Test

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) Test

Writing is judged through on-going Teacher assessment throughout the year and moderation through the Central Cooperative Learning Trust.