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Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School
Learn to Love – Love to Learn!

We are readers...

Please note: due to the potential impact from the COVID-19 school closures, we are currently delivering a recovery curriculum, with the aim to get the planned curriculum back in place by Summer 2021. 


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At Heartwood Primary School we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading. Reading is at the heart of everything that we do. It should be enjoyable and pleasurable and this philosophy is underpinned in all the different ways that we teach the children to read.


Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.


We can achieve this together through:

  • Read Write Inc, a program to help to your child read at school
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home





At Heartwood, we use Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) to give your child the best possible start with their literacy. We have put together a guide to how the RWI programme works together with some useful links. 

Miss Wellings is our Read Write Inc lead teacher, so if you have questions about RWI, contact school who can refer you to her. Please take the time to read the information as it will provide invaluable information as to how you can help and support your child in reading.


What is Read Write Inc?

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.  The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. However, at SWI we begin the programme in Nursery and will continue teaching RWI to children beyond the age of 7 if they still need support in their reading, even when we become a primary school. 


RWI was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at


See our Phonics page for more details


These skills are applied across the curriculum for the children to be 'readers' who read for purpose and meaning.


We are proud to host various reading events throughout the school year to get parents and guardians involved in the love of reading, these include: Bonfire & Books, Bedtime & Books, Stories & Sandwiches and Reading Cafes.



Children are never too young or old to listen to or share picture books!

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We strongly recommend that you read to your children as frequently as you can at home in addition to them reading their school reading books to you. We have incredible picture books that the children can take home and borrow for free! Listening to stories increases children's vocabulary, understanding of the world and impacts on all areas of their development and learning.


We have strong links with our local library and the children get the opportunity to visit the library, join as a member and take out books. When you enrol at the school we will give you an application form for your child to join.

We use our amazing school library for children to read for pleasure, enjoying stories with their friends and teachers. The children participate in 'book talk' where they discuss the story that they have read and give reasons why etc.


The Heart of Heartwood- the library

We are proud that our Heartwood library promotes the recommended No Outsiders inclusive book list 

We are developing strong partnerships with the Wensum English Hub- look at our beautiful school featured in their newsletter!

Book shopping at Bookbug and Dragon Tales for the school library