Reading at Lew Trenchard

At Lew Trenchard we believe that all pupils can achieve in Reading, both for pleasure and in their comprehension and understanding. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupils’ ability to make progress.

We believe through reading, pupils will have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We feel that reading enable pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.


Our intent is to:

  • Ensure pupils read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary and understanding of the conventions of reading
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage


The working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. The understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This begins with phonics teaching in early years.

The process of recap, revisit and recall is embedded into the reading comprehension lessons, to ensure long-term retention of skills and information to aid pupils in later life and empower them for life beyond Lew Trenchard.
We have carried out intensive work within school this year to highlight the value and importance we place on all children achieving reading.
Actions completed:
Reading questionnaires for pupils
100 books to read before leaving Lew Trenchard
Book Club
Introduction and staff training on RWI phonics scheme
New books for reading
Library Service subscription
New whole class guided reading sessions
New phonics, spelling, grammar and guided reading timetables
Parent reading meetings
Parent book swap
New book corners in classrooms
Class Book Swap and Shared Reading Sessions
Please see the attached related policies and documents.