Our Approach to Reading

Foundation/Key Stage 1

Children first learn their letter sounds and names then apply these to word building. We use Read Write Inc as the basis for our teaching of phonics. This is a recognised synthetic phonic scheme. The children will also learn a variety of other key words by sight.

Children read individually, in small groups and as a whole class. A variety of different genres are chosen at an appropriate level of ability for each group of children. As well as being able to read the text, children are encouraged to discuss the content of the book, and their opinions about people, places and events are sought. The more able readers will be asked about the varied themes of different texts.


We use a variety of reading schemes which include The Oxford ReadingTree and Rigby Star.

We supplement these with a huge variety of other literature. 

Key Stage 2

Through independent reading, shared reading in English lessons, cross-curricular sessions,  and reading for pleasure, reading in Key Stage 2 develops and extends the skills acquired in Key Stage 1.

Children explore a wide variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction which allows them to access, input ideas and understand what they are reading. They are given opportunities to speculate on the tone and purpose of texts they explore as well as to consider both the themes and audience.

We use a system called Accelerated Reader. It is is a computer-based program that we use to monitor reading practice and progress. It helps us to guide children to books that are on their individual reading levels (ZPD). Children take short quizzes after reading a book to check if they have understood it.  The children undertake half termly Star Reading Quizzes.  The outcomes are used by teachers in order to set targets for reading development. 

Click here for a parents guide to Accelerated Reader.

Please click on the links below for some suggested books lists for children:


Good Reads

School Reading List for Year 1

School Reading List for Year 2

School Reading List for Year 3 and 4

School Reading List for Year 5 and 6

Books to read before the age of 12.