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Reading at Grove

At Grove Primary School the children are given the opportunity to read a mixture of books including; fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The books the children bring home are suitable for their reading ability. We do not follow one particular scheme and we use a mixture of 'real books' and scheme books. Scheme books that we use include Oxford Reading Tree, Cambridge Big Cats, Big Cat Phonics, Songbird Phonics, Rigby Star, Treetops, Project X and Fireflies. These books support the way the children are taught to read, through a phonetic approach. The books are written with a mix of high frequency and decodable words to develop a range of reading strategies. When the children have progressed through the colour coded levels, they move onto ‘free readers’ (real, non-scheme books, suitable for their age).


Children in Reception and Key Stage One follow the synthetic phonics approach ucombining 'Jolly Phonics' with the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. The children take part in fun and engaging daily phonic sessions. The Letters and Sounds programme is developed into six phases, with each phase building on the previous learning. These active sessions ensure all children are developing their ability to read and spell words. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.


At Grove, the expectation is that all children in the school will read at home to an adult daily. A child’s reading development benefits greatly when they read and answer questions about their book every day. It is just as important that the children understand what they are reading, as well as being able to read the words. Examples of questions for KS1 and KS2 using the link. Please take time to sign your child’s reading diary every time they have read at home.


Finally, we encourage children to read other types of books alongside the school books that are sent home. Reading high-quality books is the best way to encourage a love of reading.


To find out more about children’s reading development and how you can support them, visit this fantastic website for free e-books and other helpful information-

How do we teach Reading at Grove?

We use all of the following to teach reading:

  • Phonics Teaching (Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds)
  • Tricky Words (Letters and Sounds)
  • Everyday Words (School's Wordbanks adapted from National Curriculum Year Group lists)
  • Teaching of word patterns and spelling (National Curriculum)
  • DERIC sessions (small group, whole class and individual)
  • Group Reading
  • Individual Reading
  • Story Time (all classes everyday)
  • Guided Comprehension - small focus groups
  • Speed Reading


All of the teaching is underpinned by strong Assessment for Learning and on going daily, weekly, monthly half termly tracking and Gaps analysis.

Significant Authors

Each year group has a special significant author who they focus on for the half term. Throughout the year, the children get the opportunity to be introduced to a range of wonderful authors and read some of their amazing stories. Look at the table below to find out who the significant authors are in each half term. This would be a great opportunity to see if you have any books from these authors at home or you could borrow some from your local library to read with your child at home. 



Extreme Read

During the summer adults, staff and children are challenge to read their books in exciting and unusual places. This year's winners were Mrs Trussler reading in a tent, Ms Pullum reading in a Tardis and Sasha Garnier for reading across the borders or 2 countries.


Book fair

The annual Scholastics book fair comes to visit for a week to allow children to purchase books after school each night.


Bedtime stories

This year's annual bedtime stories saw over 250 people attend armed with teddies and PJs. They chose 3 stories from the list offered by staff and snuggled in PJs on cushions with the fire roaring and enjoyed listening to the teachers read. A lovely mug of hot chocolate and a cookie were also enjoyed.