Phonics is taught from Nursery, but begins formally in Reception.  We use the LCP scheme which is supported by Letters and Sounds.  In addition to this we use the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc Sound Cards.


We use the Big Cat Reading scheme produced by Collins, starting in Reception.  We feel it is a really good scheme because it has such a wide variety of books and genres, both fiction and non-fiction.  The topics really appeal to the children and many of the books are also linked to topics pupils cover through the subjects of the National Curriculum.

You can find out more about Big Cat by clicking here.

Teachers regularly review progress made in reading and adjust the reading band according to their assessments.  We encourage everyone to read in school and advise that pupils read daily at home, for at least 10 minutes.

Guided Reading takes place daily from Year 1 upwards.  Reading a text together and discussing it helps pupils to develop their understanding of texts and provides an opportunity to explore ideas together.  Reciprocal Reading enables pupils to run a guided group independently of an adult through the organisation of roles within the group- predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising.

Talk for Writing

We use Talk for Writing strategies across school to develop speaking and listening, reading and writing.  In recent years we have developed this greatly and our KS1 and KS2 results show it makes a real difference to pupil outcomes in English.