Fountain Primary School

Putting learning at the heart of all we do

Fountain Street, Morley, West Yorkshire, LS27 0AW

0113 8878235

Reading at fountain

Reading is the most fundamental skill for children at Fountain. We not only, teach all children to read, but also to develop a love of reading and a wealth of experience. 

All lessons incorporate reading; from high quality novels inspiring writing to gaining scientific knowledge from non-fiction research texts.

We map out all of the novels and texts we use within lessons from nursery to year 6; thus, giving Fountain children a breadth and wealth of reading knowledge. Fountain children gain knowledge and skills from traditional tales, classic literature, stories from other cultures, and stories that promote mental health and well-being. We include texts, which promote diversity in the present day and in the past, in addition to texts with high quality illustrations and texts that promote a wide vocabulary.




At Fountain children are taught to read through a consistent and systematic approach to phonics using the core scheme of Bug Club.

Phonics is a daily lesson in each class from Nursery through to year 2 following the structure: review and revisit, teach, practice and apply. 

Reading Lessons

We teach children to read with understanding and comprehension through the use of our key skills, VIPERS: Vocabulary, Inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, sequence/summarise. In Nursery and Reception reading is taught through group reading. The rest of school are taught through whole class reading.

The VIPERS skills are balanced with each lesson focusing on a key skill. Lessons include quick recall and quick reading; systems we have developed which promote retention of knowledge and reading stamina.

Individual Reading

Every child from Reception to year 6 has an individual reading book to take home. Children read from the big cat reading scheme until they progress to beyond scheme books. In reception to year 2 children have a book matched to their phonic ability from the phonics bug scheme in addition to their big cat books.