The Importance of Reading

Part of our mission, here at Airy Hill Primary School, is to ensure that reading is at the centre of all learning at home and at school. The school is determined that

every pupil will learn to read

regardless of their background, needs or abilities. Pupils at Airy Hill are familiar with and enjoy listening to a wide range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction.

Our beliefs 

At Airy Hill Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. 

As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At school, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects. 


W value reading as a crucial life skill. By the time children leave us, they read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose. 

Because we believe teaching every child to read is so important, we have a Reading Leader who drives the early reading programme in our school. This person is highly skilled at teaching phonics and reading, and they monitor and support our reading team, so everyone teaches with fidelity and consistency. 

Here is a video to help with pronouncing sounds at home 

“Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background.” (Sullivan and Brown, 2013)

Please download our reading brochure designed for parents and families to find out more.

Supporting Reading @ Home

Reading Brochure 2021 - 22

Reading @ Airy Hill 2021 - 22