Children are encouraged to develop a love for reading from a very early age. When they join Foundation 1 (Nursery), children have books shared with them each day in story time and baskets of books are positioned around the room for children to access at any time during their session.
Foundation 1 children cover Phase 1 phonics activities, following the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, from the beginning of the Spring term. Children who are ready to move onto Phase 2 activities, which introduce the sounds that letters make, have specific small group tasks provided for them too.
In Foundation 2 (Reception classes) children cover Phase 2 activities from the Autumn term when they begin school. In the Spring term the teachers sort the children from all four classes into different phonics groups, according to their phonics knowledge. They then move through the Letters and Sounds phases at a pace that matches their needs.
When children can confidently read 18-20 words from the phase 2 sets of words they are given a reading book to take home to share with their parents. These books are selected from a range we have built up over time. We have drawn on a variety of publishers to ensure our selection is broad and caters for readers of different abilities within each colour band.
Our banding system is linked to the Letters and Sounds phases.
The colours progress as follows:
Pink - early Phase 2
Red - children within Phase 2
Yellow - Phase 3
Blue - Phase 3/Phase 4
Green – Phase 4
Orange – Phase 4/Phase 5
Turquoise – Phase 5
Purple- Phase 5/Phase 6
Gold – Phase 5/Phase 6
White - Phase 5/Phase 6
Once children are reading fluently they have the choice of a variety of books from different authors and on fiction and non-fiction topics.
The publishers we currently have a selection of books by include:
For home reading books-
Oxford Reading Tree:
Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories Stages 1 through to 11
Big Cat by Collins
For Guided Reading in school-
Oxford Reading Tree:
Floppy’s Phonics Fiction
Floppy’s Phonics Non-fiction
Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters
Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories
Rigby Star Phonics
Discovery World Links
To support your child with reading please use the following links: