Disley Primary School

Proud to Belong


Our Reading and Phonics Leaders are: 

Reading: Miss Adamson, Mr Nicklin 

Phonics: Mrs Holden and Miss Barnes 



At Disley Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is crucial for academic success and so we ensure we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading. It is our intention that the children at Disley:

  • become enthusiastic and motivated readers
  • develop their confidence in reading a wide variety of genres and text types
  • have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with understanding of what they have read.
  • have a love of literature and an enjoyment of reading for pleasure
  • use reading to provoke thought.



What do we teach? What does this look like?

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression across the school. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.


At Disley we have a skills based approach to reading using VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Sequence/Summarise) skills within regular Whole Class Guided Reading lessons. We use a variety of high quality texts, which link to our topic when applicable, and all children in the class will access it together. Once an understanding of the text is in place, we work on the VIPERS skills. In our school, our reading curriculum links closely with our writing curriculum; we use a text-based approach that enables us to create opportunities for reading, discussion and writing within English and reading lessons.


In EYFS and early KS1, there is a greater emphasis on phonics; this is then applied throughout the rest of the school to consolidate what has been learnt. The SSP Scheme Monster Phonics is used throughout Reception and KS1. Within daily phonic sessions, children have the opportunity to revisit previous learning and practise and apply new skills in structured but engaging ways.  Phonics lessons take place every day.


We encourage reading for pleasure through children having a choice of challenging and enriching texts as well as building in time for children to read independently and as part of a whole class. All children have daily opportunities to read a variety of material in school, including regularly with an adult.



Regardless of background, ability or additional needs, by the time children leave Disley, they will:

  • be enthusiastic and motivated readers who are confident and will enjoy reading a wide variety of genres and text types
  • have the skills to decode words, infer and retrieve information, predict, explain and summarise in order to be able to read fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read
  • be inspired by literature and will read for pleasure.
  • for children in Year 1 to be in line or above national standard for phonic screening
  • for children in years 2 and 6 to be in line or above national standard for reading