English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
English Martyrs Catholic Primary School

Literacy

Reading and Phonics Schemes

Reception and Key Stage 1

At English Martyrs, we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Phonics programme in Reception and Year 1, with additional provision as needed for Year 2 due to Covid recovery. Read more in the Letters and Sounds Programme Progression

Children have a daily phonics lesson, and those who need it have additional ‘Keep-up’ sessions.  Each class has three weekly reading practice sessions, in which they focus on decoding, prosody and comprehension.

Children in Reception and Year 1, are encouraged to take home books to share with an adult to read for pleasure.  They can change this book as often as they choose.  These books are not matched to their phonics level, but are to encourage a lifelong love of reading.  In addition, they are allocated one fully decodable e-book a week, which is the same as the book that they have read in class, to read and celebrate at home.  This is on the Collins Big Cat online reading platform.

Children in Year 2, follow different home reading approaches, depending on where they are in their learning.  Those who are yet to master fluency are allocated one fully decodable e-book a week, which is the same as the book that they have read in class, to read and celebrate at home. This is on the Collins Big Cat online reading platform.  In addition, all children have books for pleasure to share with parents.  All children also take home two home readers a week to enjoy with family that are at an appropriate comprehension level, including access to texts on the Bug Club platform.

Read more in our Phonics and Early Reading Intent, Implementation and Impact document on our Curriculum page.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, children are expected to read at home regularly.  Those who are still building confidence take home a reading scheme book, matched to their decoding and comprehension level.  These texts are from a number of schemes, including Bug Club (which they also have access to online), Project X, Oxford Reading Tree, and others.  They also have access to the school library and classroom libraries to choose texts to read for pleasure.

When a child is reading with appropriate fluency and comprehension, they are made a ‘free reader’, and are able to choose their books freely from the school library and classroom libraries.  They are expected to read at home for at least three sessions of thirty minutes a week.

Children who are still at an early stage of decoding are given additional support using the ‘Dancing Bears’ intervention, in order to support them to quickly catch up with their peers.

Top 100 Reads by the Book Trust

Here are the 100 best reads from the Book Trust which is divided into age bands. This may help you choose books with your children and enjoy.