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Reading and Phonics

We hope that the information and resources on this page will help to give you an insight into the teaching of reading that goes on in school. There is some general information about the way reading is taught as well as practical ideas and information about ways in which you can support your children at home.


We follow the Primary National Curriculum 2014:


EYFS and Key Stage 1

Reading is taught lower down the school using the phonics guidance programme, ‘Letters and Sounds,’ and this is built upon throughout Key Stages 1. We use a range of materials to support the teaching of phonics and reading including 'Read, Write, Inc', 'Phonics Play', 'Jolly Phonics' and 'Oxford Reading Tree'. Years 1 to 6 have specific guided reading sessions and reading for pleasure is positively encouraged.


Key Stage 2

As children become more confident readers they move onto using the 'Accelerated Reader' Scheme.

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.)


Accelerated Reader gives children and teachers, feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.


Children using Accelerated Reader choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.


Teachers help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.


If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher may help your child:

  • Choose another book that is more appropriate.
  • Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before your child takes a quiz.
  • Pair your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child.


In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

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