Reading & Phonics

At Bridgewater Park we aim to teach children to:

  • Read with fluency, accuracy and understanding.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
  • Develop a love of reading, stretching their imagination.
  • Use texts as a source to enhance knowledge and understanding of vocabulary.

Children are encouraged to demonstrate their reading fluency within Power Literacy using the 3 Reading leagues - Professional, World Class and Legendary.

Children read to an adult several times a week in school either 1:1 or within lesson according to their needs and we ask that parents and carers support their child at home by Reading their child read daily.


Regular practice allows children to develop their reading skills as well as enjoying a wide variety of texts so it is vital that they are reading at home daily. Parents are asked to record when they have heard their child read at home in their reading diaries, and these are to be brought into school every day. Reading diaries are check regularly and children are awarded dojos when the have read to an adult at home.

Reading Schemes

Bridgewater Park has a variety of reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Treetops and RWI to support children to develop their reading skills. Children are given books appropriate to their reading ability.

Once children have progressed on to 'free readers' there is a large selection of books in each classroom for children to choose from,as well as the school library and they are encouraged to read a variety of text types and books by different authors.



Phonics is currently being taught through the RWI program , which ensure all children, regardless of their age are getting phonics input appropriate to their ability. 



Children in Year 1 are required to take a statutory check to assess their understanding of phonics. These results are shared with parents on the end of year reports.