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Whytemead Primary School


Reading at Whytemead

At Whytemead, we believe that reading is at the heart of everything we do.

Our whole school action plan for reading can be seen here:

READING Action Plan 2021-2022

Developing a love of books and stories is a cornerstone of children becoming competent learners.

As the OECD states;

Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status.

With this in mind, we have carefully developed a whole school reading spine to ensure that all children have access to quality texts that they might not otherwise 'bump into'. 

Please click on the link to see our whole school Reading Spine

These books are studied by all children across the year in each year group. Our selection includes Sussex based authors, different genres, classics and books that have an important social and emotional voice.

We aim for children to be inspired by these texts and to become readers of many other books, perhaps some inspired by those on our reading spine. 

Reading Spine Year A

Reading Spine Year B



Accelerated Reader

At Whytemead, we use Accelerated Reader to encourage a 'culture of reading'. 

We believe that using it helps “Just reading” to transform into high-quality reading practice that fuels growth: Reading quizzes monitor comprehension, while literacy skills and vocabulary quizzes extend student learning and build skills mastery.

Accelerated Reader


At Whytemead we use Read Write Inc. Phonics as it teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

Ruth Miskin Phonics