Learning to read is the key to unlocking the wider curriculum, and the foundation for life-long learning. Our phonics curriculum is based on Letters and Sounds and we use Monster Phonics as a starting point. This approach ensures that children are introduced to new sounds in a systematic and enjoyable way. You can read more about the teaching of phonics by accessing our 'Curriculum and Assessment' section and clicking on 'English.' This video gives an overview of some of the key phonemes children learn and the actions associated with them. 

Our Reading Spine

The Reading Spine is a core collection of texts that children will read each year. This has been selected so that children enjoy a rich and varied diet of literature, meet well-known authors, and are exposed to a wide range of vocabulary. Children may study elements of these stories during whole-class and shared reading opportunities, in guided group settings and also during independent reading. They may also feature in English lessons, when classes can study them in greater depth. You will also find recommended reading lists below for each year group. We hope that you will find them helpful when choosing books for your child.

File icon: pdf Reading Spine FS and KS1 [pdf 173KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Reception Reading List [pdf 245KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Reading List [pdf 269KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 2 Reading List [pdf 232KB] Click to download

Reading in Key Stage One

By clicking on the links below, you can access suggested lists of books for particular age groups and experience levels. You can also use 'Bookfinder' to suggest new titles along certain themes.