Meeting author Anna Wilson at the Cheltenham Literature Festival


At Primrose Hill C of E Primary Academy we are proud of our approach to early reading, recognising its importance in opening up an exciting world of discovery. Following the Rose Review, we use the “Letters and Sounds” approach to phonics teaching and in 2014 94% of our Year 1 pupils passed the National Phonics Test.  We assess pupils and teach in groups according to need, challenge and support.  In KS1, we use Oxford Reading Tree as our basis for teaching reading at School and supporting reading at Home, although we also have other schemes available as well.  In the Foundation Stage there are phonetically decodable books known as “Floppy’s Phonics”. 

As children progress they become confident in their grasp of phonics then move on to books, which use a range of high frequency words and “tricky” non decodable words.  These words are also sent home to practice in word boxes.

All children have a reading book and reading record book which goes home on a daily basis.

As children move through KS1 they are able to access books that are appropriate to their reading ability and have age appropriate content.  In KS2 books pupils who have reached the end of the Reading scheme become free readers and select from a range of six genres in order to ensure pupils have opportunities to be immersed in a wide range of literature.  These include poetry, non-fiction, classic fiction and modern fiction.

We have recently banded all our books according to the Benchmark scheme and children are assessed through this method.  It is equally important for pupils to demonstrate comprehension skills as phonic decoding skills when levels are being decided. 

All children have access to the books in our school library.  We have a School library, which is well stocked and pupils are allowed to borrow a book at a time.  Teachers can also access theme books to support learning in classes.  Newspapers are also available for pupils both in guided reading sessions and through the library.