Our school places a high priority on teaching children to read and developing an enjoyment of reading.

We teach reading using a range of reading schemes, grouped together into book bands. This enables the children to read widely and become secure in not only decoding text but comprehension skills from an early stage. We use scheme books from Ribgy Star, Big Cat, Storyworld, Lighthouse and Project X.

Reading skills are developed through regular  1:1 reading sessions in all classes and older children 'Big readng' sessions.  'Big reading' builds on early reading skills, developing the acquisition of higher level vocabulary and comprehension skills, as well as developing reading for enjoyment.


At Petteril Bank School we use a systematic phonic programme called Song of Sounds by Collins Big Cat. This is a multi-sensory programme, with Kinaesthetic, auditory and visual activities. It is carefully differentiated, with support and challenge to cater for every child. Song of Sounds has a song at its heart which teachers children all the phonemes. The scheme is divided into two stages for reception and Year 1.  Each week has four short daily sessions and a longer consolidation session to put phonic skills into practice. There are no big leaps in learning and children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words.  They are also taught to read and spell 'tricky words', which are words with unusual spellings. Younger children have a daily phonics session matched to their needs.  Children continue to have regular phonic sessions into Key Stage 2 if they are not secure at the end of Key Stage 1.

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