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.

Our teaching of phonics is based on Letters & Sounds, supplemented by strategies and techniques from other phonic resources such as Jolly Phonics. We teach synthetic phonics systematically throughout Key Stage 1.

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.


EYFS and Year 1 & 2 begin by following the Bug Club phonic based reading scheme from Phase 2 up to Phase 5. Once they complete Phase 5 children move onto Book Bands until the end of Year 2.

Book Band Colours
. Green
. Turquoise
. Purple
. Gold
. White
. Lime
. Brown

In Key Stage 2 (Year 3–6) children are assessed every term using the Accelerated Reader programme which allocates them a Book Level which starts at Level 1 (1.0 – 1.9). After reading their specifically levelled book, children are encouraged to take an online quiz. This assesses their understanding of the text and awards them individual and class points. There is a weekly class points competition and children collect their individual points towards becoming a Word Millionaire.

Parents have the option to register for online updates on their child’s quizzing results via ‘Homeconnect’. Details will be sent to parents about this when their child starts Year 3.

Tips for parents

Download this helpful PDF containing advice from bestselling author Jeremy Strong on reading with your children as well as important information on why your child should join a library.

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.