Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics

The importance of reading and phonics at Throckley Primary School

Reading plays a vital role in the development and education of your child.  At Throckley, we ensure that pupils have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. We continually strive to promote a love of reading through our ‘Literature Works’ programme to ensure that pupils are ready for the next stages in their learning.


In Key Stage One and Early Years, we deliver a consistent approach to phonics using a bespoke phonics programme which has been tailored to the specific needs of our children. Every pupil works through the programme to help them decode (sound out) words that they read and spell. Reading is focusses on understanding what they have read and also links into short writing activities. Small group work on a daily basis allows staff to pin point any individual who may need additional support in this area and they will plan intervention activities if needed. Teachers will always keep parents and carers informed if their child is receiving additional support.

Reading schemes

Pupils read through a set of book banded books. Each colour in the book band represents a different level. We provide a rich reading diet and a range of books at different levels within each book band. Pupils are always aware of which book band they are working at and recognise the book band that they are working towards.

Opportunities for reading

Pupils read regularly in all areas of the curriculum and in every part of the school day through:


  • Whole Class Text Study - English lessons are taught through a quality text which is chosen carefully by the Class Teacher; across the year the texts will include a literary classic as well as texts which have been chosen due to the many opportunities of vocabulary development they offer. Children will engage in many reading activities which will promote a deeper comprehension of the text before pausing the book study to embark on a sequence of work which results in a written outcome, all linked to the text.


  • Guided Reading - Teachers work with small groups of pupils to teach specific and targeted reading skills in a book that is sufficiently challenging.


  • Reading Across the Curriculum - Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning. there is very much a focus on 'reading to learn' across foundation curriculum areas, with children engaging in wider research, both online and through fiction and non-fiction texts.


  • Story Time - In Early years and Key Stage One, books are read to pupils for them to hear good examples of reading aloud and to develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves.  Class books are shared with pupils, where they read along with the teacher.