Statement of intent

At Woodley CofE, we believe that reading is one of the most important skills that we teach to our children so that they will be able to fulfill our vision of becoming life-long learners.  Our intent is for children to learn to read quickly and effectively so that they can access learning in all areas of the curriculum.  We aim for the children to become fluent, confident readers who enjoy reading for pleasure and a variety of purposes. We recognise the important role that parents play in the teaching of reading and their crucial role in ensuring the children become life-long learners. Our intent is further strengthened by our School Objectives that detail the characteristics of effective readers. These are as follows: 


• 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. 


Threshold Concepts:

Eng R 1

Eng R 2

To Read Words Accurately  

To Understand Texts  

This concept involves decoding and fluency.

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


National Curriculum:

To Read Words Accurately:


Reading Spine (Talk through Stories)


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2







My Monster and Me

Six Dinner Sid


Owl Babies

Ruby’s Worry

Five Minutes Peace

One Snowy Night

Room On The Broom


Ravi’s Roar

Lost and Found

The Bear and The Piano

Hugless Douglas

Billy and the Beast

Billy and the Dragon

Mog The Forgetful Cat

George and the Dragon

Aliens Love Underpants

Gecko’s Echo

Max and the Tag along Moon

Sonya’s Chickens

Anna Hibiscus Song

Handa’s Hen

Farmer Duck

Scarecrows wedding


How to be a Viking

Billy’s Bucket

The Rainbow Fish

The Extraordinary Gardener

Year 1

Autumn 1

Autumn 2







The Slightly Annoying Elephant

Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?

There’s a snake in my school!

The owl who was afraid of the dark.

Cops and Robbers

Burglar Bill


After the Fall


Cottonwool Colin

Where the wild things are

A Little Bit Brave

Missing Richmond




Reading Spine (Master Readers)

Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Decodable Books

The Magic Finger – Roald Dahl

B.L. 3.1

Where the Forest Meets the Sea 

Baker, Jeannie 

B.L. 3.0 

Rabbit’s Bad Habits 

ZPD: 3.1 

SATS Practice

Flat Stanley - Jeff Brown and Rob Biddulph 

B.L. 3.2 



Dirty Bertie Fleas – David Roberts



Cliffhanger – Jacqueline Wilson 


ZPD 3.3 

Cloud Busting

Malorie Blackman

ZPD 3.3


Lighthouse Keeper’s breakfast - Ronda Armitage and David Armitage 


A Walk in London 
Rubbino, Salvatore 

ZPD 3.9 



The Cat who wanted to go home – Jill Tomlinson 






Malorie Blackman,


The Miraculous journey of Edward Tulane

Kate DeCamillo



Wolf Wilder


by Kathrine Rundell 4.5

Charlotte’s Web

E.B. White



Journey to Jo’burg - Beverley Naidoo 

B.L. 4.6


The Girl of Ink & Stars

Kiran Millwood Hargrave



Kensuke’s Kingdom

Michael Murpogo

BL 4.7

The Midnight Fox

Betsy Byars


B.L 4.9

Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo
Zlata Filipovic,


Ice Palace – Robert Swindells


The Firework Maker’s Daughter

Phillip Pullman


 The Last Bear – Hannah Gold 5.6


The Highwayman
Noyes, Alfred

B.L 4.9


Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson


BL 5.6

The Railway Children

E. Nesbit


B.L. 55

SATs Prep


Phillip Pullman

B.L 5.7


SATs Prep



The Kingdom of Benin

Steele, Philip B.L. 6.2