At Primrose Hill C of E Primary Academy we are proud of our approach to reading, recognising its importance in opening up an exciting world of discovery. We have whole class teaching of reading daily and have prioritised the importance of reading by starting each day with a class read. Our curriculum each term is centred around a core class text.

Whole school reading spine

All children have a reading book and reading record book which goes home on a daily basis. It is expected that all children will read at least three times a week at home and have this recorded in their record book.

We have a school library, which is well stocked and all 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 to read. We have a dedicated, trained group of KS2 librarians who help to run library during lunchtimes and help to organise the borrowing and returning of books.

We promote a love of reading through displays of books, book corners, author visits, trips to the Cheltenham Literature festivals and theatre group productions.



We use the “Letters and Sounds” approach to phonics teaching. We have clear milestones for Reception, Year 1 and 2 to reach which enables rapid learning as well as time for consolidation and assessment.

Phonics milestones

Our reading scheme supports the teaching of phonics by providing children with decodable reading books, linked to the letters and sounds phases. We use a range of schemes to develop reading skills and build fluency.

We provide support to parents with early phonics through information workshops.