Reading & Phonics


We currently use a selection of reading schemes in school to support learning and progress in reading. Our books are levelled using ‘Book Bands’ which enables us to use a selection of books from a wide variety of publishers. Although we have a wide variety of books, the main schemes used in Key Stage 1 are Rigby Star and Collins Big Cat. We also have a selection of ‘Bug Club’ books to support reading in phonics. The books the children read closely match their phonic ability.


We have introduced ‘Lexia’ in school to promote reading and spelling skills. This gives targeted children the opportunity for specific support with their reading skills.

The reading schemes used in Key Stage 2 follow on from Key Stage 1. We predominantly use ‘Rigby Navigator’, ‘Pelican’ and ‘Collins Big Cat’ although we also use books which are not part of any specific scheme. In addition to this, we are using ‘Reading Plus’ to promote reading for enjoyment, reading at speed and to develop a deeper understanding of the text.


Our Phonics curriculum  follows  ‘Letters and Sounds’.. Staff receive regular training in the delivery of phonics and how to teach the progression from phonics to spelling.


Handwriting is expected to be fluent, joined and legible. We currently use the Nelson Handwriting schemes to support formation. Pre-cursive handwriting is introduced in Y1 followed by joins from Year 2.