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We believe that all children have the right to be fluent and confident readers as this helps them unlock the doors to future success. Children’s love of reading and reading for pleasure is developed through the passion displayed for reading by the adults in school and through the wide range of high quality texts available to them.

The Big 5 Curriculum

The teaching of reading will encompass the big 5 components of effective reading:

  1. Phonemic awareness – the basic fundamentals of reading
  2. Phonics and word study – the art of decoding
  3. Fluency – the art of reading at pace and adding expression
  4. Vocabulary – exploring the meaning of words
  5. Comprehension – a deep understanding of what a text means


In school we teach phonics using the ‘Letters and Sounds Programme’, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic actions and stories.

As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from the ‘Rigby Star Phonics’, ‘Dandelion’ and ‘Jelly and Bean’ schemes.

Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes and are designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.

All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.

Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library or from home.

Every year we hold our Phonics Workshop. This explains how we teach phonics and has ideas for how you can help at home with this process.

How to read with your child

Useful Websites

Oxford Owl

BBC Nursery Rhymes



Book Trust

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