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Reading in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

We use a variety of different books in school to help us teach reading and foster a love of books.


At Norbreck, we use a mixture of Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat, Floppy’s Phonics and

Treetops reading books. We group our home reading books into colour bands. These books

are structured to ensure that your child can take steady and progressive steps

towards reading success. Many have notes at the back with examples of key questions

to ask to check your child has understood what they have read. We want to build

confident, competent readers who have a real enjoyment of books.


Reading skills- Phonics

 Children start to learn how to read, by using phonics. They also need to

recognise and remember those 'tricky words' that cannot be sounded out letter by

letter e.g. ‘the’ or ‘said’.

 There are special phonic 'decodable' books that help them to practise their

early reading.



Children also draw on their own experiences (the language and stories they know), the

setting of the story and the pictures to help them understand what they are reading

about. Comprehension skills are vital in making sense of what the words say and

interpreting meaning.


In school, we use a range of ways to teach and practise reading such as shared

reading, phonics, guided reading, group reading, Individual reading, ‘buddy’ reading,

storytime and reading at home.

Accelerated Reader

In 2017 we introduced Accelerated Reader. This runs from Year 3 up to Year 6.

If you want to know more about Accelerated Reader you can follow this link

From the Accelerated Reader website you can also download the Accelerated Reader App and the Book Finder.


The National Literacy Trust’s second independent research report into the reading habits of students using Accelerated Reader...

“Children and young people who use AR tend to enjoy reading more, do it more often and think more positively about reading than their peers who do not use AR. They are also more likely to see a link between reading and their successes.”

Dr Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust


Pupils who use Accelerated Reader are more likely to:

  • enjoy reading
  • have a favourite book
  • agree that reading is cool
  • read regularly at least once a week outside class
  • agree that they will get a better job when they grow up if they are good at reading