Our approach to Reading

At Hempsted C. of E. Primary School, reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics. We follow the Letters and Sounds Programme, where the children are set accordingly to the phase they are working towards. The children are screened at the end of year 1 and those children who do not meet the standard are retested at the end of year 2.

Our main reading scheme in Key Stage 1 is Rigby Star and in Key Stage 2 it is Rigby Navigator and Barrington Stokes. We also use Phonics Bug to support our teaching. In addition we have a variety of other books which complement these schemes:

  • KS1: Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Rockets and Ginn
  • KS2: Bug Club, Ginn, Oxford, Oxford Treetops, Literacy Links Plus and Collins

Reading is also taught through planned Guided Reading sessions. These occur daily in both Key Stage 1 and  Key Stage 2, outside the literacy session and are based on a rotation during the week within the class. Children are grouped according to ability and when not reading with the teacher, children are given a purposeful reading activity to do independently.