Reading at WFIS & Nursery

At WFIS and Nursery, reading is promoted as a fun and valuable activity. Children are equipped with skills to read across the curriculum and are encouraged to engage with books. Your support at home will have such an impact on children’s love and understanding of reading!

Reading Records

Your child will be given Reading Record, which should be kept in their book bag. In Reception your child will read individually with a member of staff fortnightly (one week with the Class Teacher and one week with the Assistant Teacher), with comments noted in the Reading Record. In addition to this, children have opportunities to read and talk about books in small groups. This will change as your child goes through the school and their reading need changes.

Please read with your child every day and write a comment in their Reading Record. Record the date and title, perhaps commenting on words your child needed help with or what they said about the characters, events, facts or illustrations.

Examples of comments from parents:

Date Name of book Parent comment
1/3 People that build. He saw pictures of the Great Wall of China in this book and asked why it was built so we looked it up. Needed help with ‘skyscraper’. Nice reading, too! Daddy
14/1 The U Book. Great reading, I encouraged him to read the word instead of sounding out when he knows the word.
8/2 Stop, Pot, Stop! That was lovely reading, you are doing really well, keep up the good work.

Home Reading Books

Our home reading books are levelled into colour bands, indicating increasingly complex words and content. The class teacher will read with your child and allocate them the appropriate colour band. Each colour band includes story, information and poetry books for the children to choose from. We are very proud of how quickly Reception children learn to change their own home reading books when they come into class every morning! This is one of the ways we encourage the children to be independent and responsible learners. Each half term the class teacher will assess your child using a benchmarked assessment and will move your child on to the next colour band when their decoding and comprehension skills show they are ready. As your child progresses through the colour bands, they will learn to apply their deepening phonic knowledge and widen their range of reading strategies.

In addition to the colour banded books your child will take home a phonics book which includes the sounds that they have learnt in their phonics lessons during the week. This book will be changed every Friday and will allow them to practice applying their knowledge. Please ensure you read this text with your child too. It would benefit them to read it more than once over the week.

The order of colour bands at WFIS and Nursery is as follows:

Lilac (pictures only), Pink, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold, Silver, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire.

After Sapphire, children progress to being ‘Free Readers’, as they are fluent and confident enough to access books of their choosing. Our ‘Free Reader’ books are marked by a white sticker on the spine.

As we want children to read and enjoy many different books, we do not follow one published reading scheme. The schemes we use include Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Songbird Phonics, Badger and Lighthouse. Some published schemes use different colour band names to WFIS e.g. lime for emerald, brown for ruby. Therefore, a coloured sticker on the spine of each book shows which WFIS colour band it is from.

There is some variation in the level of difficulty within each colour band. Within each colour band, there are opportunities for consolidation and also challenge. It is important to remember that teachers develop and assess children’s understanding of the text alongside their ability to read the words.

Reading Targets

You will also find target stickers for your child’s colour band in their Reading Record; these will help you to support and question your child when they are reading with you.

Below are some of the targets that children work towards within the Pink, Red and Yellow colour bands.

Targets to be achieved on pink books Targets to be achieved on red books Targets to be achieved on yellow books
  • I can say something about who was in the story, what happened and where it took place
  • I can say something about the topic of a non-fiction book or story
  • I can sequence three events from a familiar story
  • I can point to the title on the front cover
  • I can use pictures to find information and answer simple questions
  • I can answer ‘how…’ and ‘why…’ questions about a book I have listened to
  • I can answer questions about a book I have read
  • With help, I can remember the main events and put them in order
  • I understand that I can find information in books, computers and other places
  • I can make inferences about (guess) picture books, answering ‘Why do you think…?’ questions
  • I can answer questions about information on one page
  • I can answer ‘how…’ and ‘why…’ questions
  • With a little help, I can retell key points of a story in order
  • I can infer (guess) why a character has said or done something
  • I can use the title to predict what the book is about
  • I can choose and find my favourite part

Word Boxes

Each week children take home a sheet which includes the sounds and tricky words that they will be learning each week. Tricky words are words which children need to be able to recognize and read by sight. By practicing these at home you will be supporting your child in consolidating their phonic knowledge and improving their reading skills.



Applying phonic knowledge to ‘sound out’ words is one of the many strategies that children use to read and spell. Children have a 25 minute phonic session every day, which enables them to learn and quickly recall the sound (phoneme) for each letter or group of letters (grapheme). Children learn that some letters work together to make one sound, such as ‘ch’ and ‘igh’. We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics progression to ensure all children learn the sounds necessary to become successful readers. We also use the songs and actions from Jolly Phonics to support children in remembering the sounds.

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have a short daily Phonics lesson lasting 25 minutes. Within this session, the children hear, say, read and write the sound, identify it in words and play a range of phonics games and puzzles using this sound. You can find more information on the Parent Menu of the Phonics Play website. (

Birthday Books

Each classroom contains a library of books for the children to enjoy. Children may choose to borrow a class library book to read at home. You are very welcome to contribute a book to the class library in celebration of your child’s birthday. Children love to find and re-read their birthday books in the months and years after!


Wallace Fields Infant School and Nursery is a diverse and inclusive school. We pride ourselves on the high-quality education we offer all children and one of the best ways of engaging children is through books. We ensure that the texts that we study in English and that are available for the children in our Library represent the diverse make-up of our community. We know that it is important for children to understand that we are all unique in our looks, personalities, family-situations and backgrounds but that these differences are to be celebrated. The books in our Library support us in promoting the British Values through English lessons and story times.

Reading and Maths

Within Maths lessons children are encouraged to use their decoding and comprehension skills to read and answer questions. This is something that we explicitly teach the children as it is a skill that is necessary to enable them to become successful in their learning. Through our whole-class teaching we model (show) the children how to read questions and through the explicit teaching of vocabulary we demonstrate how to pick out key vocabulary in the questions and comprehend what the question is asking us to do. We model this process throughout every lesson to support children in developing their independence and transferring their reading skills to their maths learning.

Children also have access to texts within our Library which support them in developing their knowledge of numbers.

World Book Day – The Masked Reader!

This year to celebrate World Book Day we held a series of virtual events to inspire the children to listen to and read more stories. Due to the popularity of ‘The Masked Singer’ we decided to create our own version – The Masked Reader. The members of our Senior Leadership Team each read a story and gave the children a few clues about who was behind the mask. You can view these videos here:

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Guess Who!

During Lockdown, Class Teachers recorded stories for the children at Wallace Fields Infant School and Nursery. You can enjoy our stories here: 

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Bedtime Stories!

If you’re looking for a bedtime story for your little ones then look no further! Here are some of our staff members reading bedtime stories to help your children relax and get a good night’s sleep. You can find these videos here: 

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Reception Parent Workshop

Year 1 Parent Workshop


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