Parents' guide to reading

EYFS and KS1 Phonics

Our primary aim is to teach the children the phonetic skills they require to be able to blend words fluently with the expectation that they will develop as fluent readers as they progress through the school.

We use a programme produced and recommended by the Government called Letters and Sounds as the basis for our phonics teaching and this synthetic phonics programme is taught systematically throughout Key Stage One.

Every day we teach a 20 minute phonics session and the children are streamed across year groups, according to their strength in this area. We endeavour to make the sessions fun and interactive for the children using a range of stimulating resources and approaches.

Phonic knowledge and skills are regularly monitored and assessed to ensure rapid and sustained progress.

Phonic support in KS2

Children who require further phonic support in Key Stage Two follow the Toe-By-Toe programme to enable them to reach age related expectations.


All our reading books are graded in difficulty by reading levels known as Book Bands. Each Book Band has its own colour. The chart below gives an indication of the range of Book Band levels at which most children will be reading as they progress through Eversley Primary School.

Alongside the coloured reading bands the children also progress through the Accelerated Reader program. After reading a specifically levelled book the children take an online quiz to test their understanding of the text. The children’s reading is regularly assessed to ensure progression through the Accelerated Reader levels and Book Band colours.

Book Band Colour
. Pink
. Red
. Yellow
. Blue
. Green
. Turquoise
. Purple
. Gold
. White
. Lime
. Brown
. Silver or no colour

Tips for parents

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Reading support

Pupils who are working below age-related expectations in reading all experience daily reading at school to support their progress. They may also access one-to-one tuition, Catch Up Reading and the five minute box for further support. Class teachers will decide what support is most appropriate and will be shared with parents.

How we promote reading

  • All pupils have a reading record so that they can record their reading at home and receive encouragement in school
  • All pupils are encouraged to read at home four or more times a week
  • A reading raffle is held weekly for all pupils reading at home four or more times a week
  • Use of Accelerated Reader to engage children to read and to improve acquisition of comprehension skills
  • All classes have a termly spotlight on reading to promote genres and other aspects of reading
  • We have special events through the school year with a focus on reading such as World Book Day
  • All classes have a class novel every term
  • All classes have a dedicated reading area
  • Promote the Library Services Reading challenges

Any questions?

Please come into school at anytime to discuss any questions you may have about your child’s reading or progress. We want to work together to ensure your child achieves their potential.