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Reading at school

Oxford Reading Tree is the main scheme we use to teach reading, however we also have a wide selection of books from other series to ensure children experience a variety of authors, text types, topics etc.  These include Comics for Phonics, Collins Big Cat, Snapdragons, Project X Code, Songbirds, PM and TreeTops.


Reading takes place every day at school - on a 1:1 basis, in small groups or during activities where reading may be required e.g. reading the instructions on a activity sheet, reading what is for lunch by looking at the lunch menu or joining in with a story during daily story time.



Reading at home



At The Grange we want children to develop a love of reading! We encourage them to read their school book to an adult for 5-10 minutes each evening and we ask that parents write a comment in the Reading Record to let the class teacher know how they've got on.  Some days children might like to read books they already have at home too.  It is also really important that children have opportunities to listen to adults reading stories to them - a bedtime story is perfect for this!

If you are unsure of what to do check out the 'Top Tips for the Reading Helper' in the reading record or the PDF below called 'Reading with your child'. This will give you some handy hints and tips to help your child to progress further in reading.


We also have a video at the bottom of this page where you can watch one of our teachers supporting a child with their reading.  One parent commented about our video...


"Watching the video of Mrs McCulloch reading with a child has really helped us read with our child and we have seen a great improvement since!" 




What is phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to


  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes
  • identify the sounds that different combinations make such as 'sh' or 'oo'
  • blend these sounds together from left to right to read whole words

At The Grange we teach phonics using Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds.  These approaches are systematic and gradually build up the children's phonic knowledge and develop their skills of chopping and blending.

Jolly Phonics introduces the children to phonics using pictures and actions; these are the children's first experience of phonics at The Grange and are taught during the first term in Early Years.  Please visit for more information.


We also use resources on to help children consolidate their learning in an exciting way.



The keywords that are taught in school are a combination of those from Letters and Sounds and the National Curriculum. Keywords are words that children need to be able to recognise without having to sound them out (sometimes called tricky words).  This helps to improve their fluency in reading.  At the bottom of this page you will find a list of keywords for each year group - the expectation is that children are able to read all of the words for their year group by the end of the school year.  Please support your child with learning these.



At The Grange the children learn how to print their letters first, once their writing and letter formation flows and they feel confident enough the children are encouraged to join. If they are not ready they are not pushed.



When teaching them the formation of letters they learn that the main body of the letters sit on the line in the grass, ascenders reach up into the sky and descenders dig in the ground.



Paper: should be positioned at a 45 degree angle and towards the writing hand.
Posture: chairs should have all four legs on the floor and be facing the table. Children should be sitting right back in the chair.
Pencil: should be held using the basic tripod grip. If your child uses a different grip; before trying to change it, check that it is comfortable, they can see what they are writing and they are not putting any strain on their hands or wrists.


Some useful websites


This website gives you free access to over 200

 e-books.  All you need to do is create a log in -

that's free too!





This website has fun games to support children with their

reading.  The computer version is free to use - you just

need to create a log in.


Early Years Key words: These should be taught through a 'look and say' method, and should not be sounded out.





the, and, I, Mum, Dad, Look, in,


a, can, love, to , she, he was


come, here, and, the, it ,is


they, this, like, went ,you, said


we, go, are , little, came, with


at, out, so, no big, my


very, me, help, her ,wanted, looked,


for, some, all, what, his, has


when, its, up, of, had, on,


that, there, then, but, for put


be, them, got, called, see ,were


from, now, I’m ,old, saw, your