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Reading at school
Oxford Reading Tree is the main reading scheme that we use at The Grange. Lets meet the characters...



Picture 1 Kipper
Picture 2 Biff
Picture 3 Chip
Picture 4 Floppy
Picture 5 Mum
Picture 6 Dad
Picture 7 Wilf
Picture 8 Wilma

Reading at home



At The Grange we feel that reading is a valuable and enjoyable way to learn. We want the children to develop a love of reading and for this to happen we need your help! Each day your child will bring home a book they have chosen to share with you or read to you. Some days they might even like to read books they have at home too.We love our new 'Reading Record and Phonics Log' books and would like to develop reading conversations between home and school; so please make sure you comment about your childs reading each day.
If you are unsure of what to do check out '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 childs reading progress further!

One parent commented about our video of Mrs McCulloch reading with a child:
"Watching the video of Mrs McCulloch reading with a child has really helped us read with our child and we have seen great improvement since!"  Click here to see for yourself!!




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

 At The Grange we teach phonics using Jolly Phonics, Big Cat Phonics and Letters and Sounds.
All of 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.

Big Cat Phonics is a systematic programme used on the interactive whiteboard where the children can practise phonemes, chopping and blending, reading fast words, reading and writing sentences.
It alo provides us with high frequency and key word lists.



The keywords that are taught in school are a combination of those from the Primary Strategy Letters and Sounds and Big Cat Phonics. These are words that the children should be able to read and spell by the time they reach the end of Key Stage One (end of year two).


Please remember that every child is different and they learn at different speeds. It is not a competition or a race.  If you have concerns about your own child's progress please see their class teacher before you panic!

In Year 1 a selection of keywords will be tested each week during literacy sessions. Any words that are being consistently mis-spelled will be communicated to you in the Reading and Phonic log books. The spelling books will be available for you to look at during our regular drop in sessions at the beginning of each month.

In Year 2 a selection of keywords will be sent home each Tuesday in their Reading and Phonic log book and will be tested on the following Tuesday. Their spelling books will remain in school but are available for you to look at during our regular drop in sessions at the beginning of each month.


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.

Useful websites


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