Right from the word go, your child is read stories, rhymes and poems. This happens in class during assemblies, break times and lunchtimes. A reading culture is extremely important to us. We strive to foster a love of reading and to ensure that the children benefit from all of the joy, knowledge and skills that knowing how to read can bring. Children across the school learn to recite poems and rhymes for performance and they learn short stories that they have read or written themselves through using actions. We have a new library ( and cyber cafe) opening soon which will be offered to children, and families to do homework, research, to borrow books and to relax and enjoy reading in! We want to make reading magical! We want reading to open up new doors and worlds for everyone!

There are book corners in every classroom which are special places to read and choose books. There are special reading activities and events throughout the year, such as Bedtime Story Night, World book Day, National Poetry Day and many others. We even have a tree house for boys (and girls) to read in and a lovely outdoor reading area. In Year 2 for example, children operate their own mobile reading trolley and reading buddies work across the phases.Children learn to read using high quality systematic phonics. We use the “Letters and Sounds” Programme.
Children aim to finish Phase 6 by the end of Year 2. For any children who still need support phonics lessons continue in Year 3 and intervention groups operate in Year 4. Sessions are taught daily for twenty minutes at a suitable time to fit in with the class timetable. Sometimes it is taught twice a day with shorter sessions. They are short, snappy and fun! All staff assess children and track progress. Flexible groups are regularly reviewed to ensure that children are secure with their phonics. Children should be aware of the links between discrete phonic sessions and reading/writing whenever possible. Everyday opportunities are provided through guided reading, guided writing and independent activities so that children can apply their phonic knowledge.

Letters and Sounds

This contains materials that concentrate on activities to promote speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending. We hold regular parent workshops on the teaching of phonics and reading for parents.” Mr Thorne does Phonics” is an excellent resource on YouTube.

Mr Thorne does Phonics

“Mr Thorne does Phonics” is an excellent resource on YouTube about learning phonics.

Mr Thorne does phonics

Children also take home words at the very early stages of reading, followed by books. Children are heard reading, by adults in school in order to assess their skills and progress. This can be done individually and within a group (Guided Reading). Reading for Pleasure time is also given to the older children. Understanding the text is much more important than being able to read the words “off by heart”. Always ask your child questions about what they have read.Pre-reading skills are taught to the rising threes and in the Foundation Stage such as how to match shapes, patterns, letters and finally words as well as:


Research shows that children who can understand about rhyming words have a head start in learning to read and, even more, to spell.

Letter skills

As well as recognising letter shapes, learning the most common sounds that each letter makes will give children a head start.


Print goes from left to right, so children will need to be familiar with where to start each line and which direction to go in.

Motor Skills

Threading, sewing, cutting, tracing and doing jigsaws supports hand eye co-ordination. Practicing writing letters and words as they learn to read them will help it all to sink in, so a good pencil grip and control is useful.

Concepts of print

This is all about knowing how to handle books – holding them the right way up, turning the pages in sequence, exploring the pictures, knowing that the words can be read to tell a story.

Language skill

The more experience children have of language, the more easily they will learn to read. Your child needs to hear and join in conversations (with adults and children), and listen to stories and poetry of all sorts.

We use a range of reading books so that the children can get breadth in their reading experience rather than concentrating on” rising up the ladder as quickly as possible” These include books from Oxford Reading Tree and Pearson, as well as others. The books are banded into levels of challenge which the children can move within and across. “Bug Club” is also available online for pupils to use in school and at home. The teacher selects appropriate books to put on the “shelves”. Pupils can read them and complete a diagnostic assessment. Extra help is given in school to those children who do not read often at home or who are not able to access support at home.

Children have Reading Diaries which allows parents and staff to share responsibility and communication about reading progress. Reading journals are also kept for children to record work on their reading activities. There are Reading Champions and Reading Librarians with a certificated scheme for children to join in to recognise regular and prolific readers. We celebrate reading!