Phonics is taught daily for 20 mins to streamed groups of Nursery to Year 2 children. Groups are streamed in order to deliver more personalised learning to smaller groups of children. We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme to teach our sessions with ‘Phonics Play’ as one of our key resources for learning. In 2017, 67% of children passed the phonics screening check in Y1.

We use a wide range of books and schemes to teach reading which are organised into book bands (see book bands below).

Reading is taught daily through a reading carousel of activities with groups guided by the class teacher and support staff team. Children are grouped according to their ability level and book band. Reading carousel activities include a pre-read task, guided reading group with the class teacher, follow-up task, personal choice and an ‘activity for reading’ task.

Collins Big Cat

Collins Big Cat, is a whole-school reading programme that supports every child on their reading journey. Children become fluent readers through hundreds of high-quality banded books by top authors and illustrators. In-depth teacher resources support all stages from early reading through phonics to guided and independent reading for more confident readers.

We have fantastic fiction and non-fiction created by the biggest authors and illustrators. With hundreds of books across a wide variety of genres, illustrative styles and engaging formats, there is something for every reader.

Every book is unique – the wide range of exciting fiction includes much-loved classics, traditional tales, poetry and plays, while the exciting range of non-fiction encourages your pupils to explore topics from sport to science.

Oxford Reading Tree

As the UK’s most successful reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree is currently used in over 80% of primary schools and has helped millions of children from all over the world learn to read … and love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree’s well-loved characters, breadth (over 800 books!) and varied writing styles give children everything they need to become confident readers.

At school, and at home

Schools across the world use Oxford Reading Tree books, including series such as Floppy’s Phonics, Biff, Chip and Kipper, Traditional Tales, Songbirds Phonics, in fact, and Story Sparks. A separate range of books, each containing supporting notes for parents, have been created to support learning at home.