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In Nursery at Rivelin, children begin by exploring books without words, gaining meaning from what they can see in the pictures and using these to help them to tell the story. They also share lots of books together with adults in school, talking about different stories and characters, as well as learning many rhymes and poems.


As children move into Reception, they will begin to read decodable books, linked to their current Phonics knowledge. These are part of our ‘Little Wandle’ Phonics scheme and will allow children to continue to develop the Phonics skills they are learning within their lessons. For more information about the ‘Little Wandle’ Phonics programme, please see the ‘Phonics’ subject page of the Rivelin website.

While reading these books, children will be encouraged to think about what is happening within the story, as well as beginning to answer questions about what they have read.

Throughout their time in Reception, children will also share many books with adults and other children, as we would love them to develop a joy for reading that will encourage them to be keen readers in the future!

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1, children will continue to develop and consolidate their Phonics skills using the ‘Little Wandle’ decodable books. These will be matched to their growing Phonics knowledge.

When children have developed a strong enough Phonics knowledge that they are reading more fluently and do not need to sound out as many words, they will move onto our reading stages. The majority of these books are from the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme and show good progression throughout the stages, allowing the children to continue to develop their reading skills and fluency.

In Year 1, children will also take part in group Guided Reading sessions with an adult, where they share a book together from our ‘Little Wandle’ programme. The group will then discuss the story together, thinking about what has happened within it, how characters might be feeling or why they may have acted as they did. This is a very important time for the children to develop their comprehension skills with an adult.

In Year 2, most children will move onto taking part in whole class Guided Reading sessions. They will read a text and then spend several days answering written comprehension questions about it. These will cover a range of different reading skills.

At Rivelin, we have different characters to represent the different comprehension skills that the children will be using to fully understand what they have read. These are the ‘Rivelin Reading Squad’ and are shown below.

Key Stage 2

As they move into Key Stage 2, children will continue to develop their fluency and understanding of texts by working their way through our reading stages. They will read a variety of different text types and we encourage you to help their understanding by reading with them at home and asking them questions about what they have read.

Throughout Key Stage 2, children will also continue to take part in daily Guided Reading sessions. They will typically focus on one text throughout the week and develop their various comprehension skills by applying them to answer a range of different questions.

Again, these skills are represented by the characters within our ‘Rivelin Reading Squad’ and these are shown below.

Rivelin Reading Squad

Eric Explains

Eric helps the children to understand the different vocabulary that has been used within a text. The children will use this skill to think about the meanings of different words, as well as identifying words of different types that have been used within the text, e.g. adjectives, adverbs, etc. As they move through school, children will begin to think about the importance of word choices, explaining why an author may have picked a specific word.

Rita Retrieves

Rita helps the children to find and retrieve answers to questions within a text. They will be encouraged to think about the main words within the question and scan for these within the text to find the relevant answers.

Peter Predicts

Peter helps the children to predict what they think might happen within a story. They will use clues from the front cover and title of the book to predict what it might be about, as well as using events they have already read about to predict what might happen next within a story.

Ingrid Infers

Ingrid helps the children to infer information, using clues from the text alongside their own thinking to develop their ideas and answers to questions. These questions might involve thinking about why something has happened or how characters might be feeling.

Sally Summarises

Sally helps the children to develop their summarisation skills. These involve finding the main events or points within a text as well as explaining what the text has been about in a clear and succinct manner.

Casey Content

Casey helps the children to understand how information is organised within a text. The children will begin to consider what kind of text they are reading, as well as thinking about how the layout of it might be helpful to the reader.

Isaac Identifies

Isaac helps the children to understand why the author has made certain choices within the text, for example why they have chosen a particular word to describe a character or event.

Collin Compares

Collin helps the children to develop their comparison skills, thinking how different parts of the text might differ from one another and why. The children may also begin to compare different texts they have read, thinking about the similarities and differences between them.


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