Home Link

St Peter's and Clifton CE VC Primary School

Search Search
Translate Translate




At Horbury St Peter’s and Clifton Primary School, we value the importance of reading and encourage every child to be a reader and develop a passion for books. We use the Oxford Reading Tree as our main home-school reading scheme. Within school we use a variety of other schemes to teach reading. Reading is a key part of the English curriculum - it is happening all the time in the classroom. It is taught in specific reading and English lessons, but children are constantly practising their reading skills in the wider curriculum.


As you can see reading every day gives your child so many advantages over their classmates, they can access the lessons, curriculum and test better than their peers and it provides confidence and resilience for them.


Reading is making meaning from print. It requires that children can:

  • Identify the words in print - a process called word recognition
  • Construct an understanding from them - a process called comprehension
  • Coordinate identifying words and making meaning so that reading is automatic and accurate - an achievement called fluency. 


As children move through EYFS and KS1, they develop their skills in decoding. By the time they reach KS2 most children have mastered their phonics and the balance moves towards making meaning from the text and developing fluency.


Did you know? If you can’t read 5% of words in a text the meaning becomes lost. This is why it is so important to read with your child to help them overcome unfamiliar or tricky words, so that they understand what they are reading.


What should parents do at home to support their child’s reading development?


  • Read every night for up to twenty minutes (depending on the age of the child).
  • Listen to your child read. This helps them to develop their fluency. It is especially important for KS2 children that this continues all the way up to Year 6.
  • Read to your child. This will help them to understand how to use expression to bring stories to life and develop their own voice as readers.
  • After listening to them, or reading to them, ask them some of the questions about the book and relate it to their experiences. The discussion you have will be very valuable to their reading development.
  • Talk about the meanings of new words.
  • Read the same book again and again if you have to!
  • Sign their reading record every time they have read.
  • Join the library, you can take out up to 8 books a time or use the computers for free.

What will school do to support my child?


  • At St Peter’s and Clifton we will endeavour to change your child’s book every time they complete it.
  • We will provide story time most days in class.
  • We will provide book studies to encourage reading of longer books.
  • We will put on curriculum days to encourage reading such as World Book Day.
  • We will provide stickers and certificates to reward children who read at home to acknowledge their hard work.


A bedtime story routine can be a wonderful time to share stories - both new ones and well loved favourites!


Be a good role model for your child. Try to have a range of books and reading materials in your home and be seen reading.


"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." - Albert Einstein


A child that reads every day at home and at school is at a huge advantage. Reading as regularly as you can with your child and to your child is a gift that will keep on giving throughout their lifetime as they become an independent and avid reader.


Child A

Child B

Child C

20 minutes additional reading at home everyday

5 minutes additional reading at home everyday

1 minute additional reading at home everyday

60 hours per school year

15 hours per school year

3 hours per school year

1,800,000 words per school year (one million, eight hundred thousand words)

282,000 words per school year (two hundred and eighty two thousand words)

8000 words per school year

(eight thousand words)

By the end of Year 6, 60 whole days’ reading.

By the end of Year 6, 12 days’ reading.

By the end of Year 6, 3 days’ reading.

Reading Scores usually within the 90% range

Reading Scores usually within the 50% range

Reading Scores usually within 10% range



Reading Scheme


At Horbury St Peters and Clifton Primary School we are encouraging a love of reading whilst ensuring progression and development throughout all year groups.

Our home reading books are banded in to colour groups; the children select from a variety of books including Dandelion readers, Bug Club and a range of exciting everyday books for example Julia Donaldson, Roald Dahl and Eva Ibbotsom. The book bands match the children’s phonics stage up to the colour lime, they are then matched according to the children’s reading ability, confidence and age.


The teaching of reading within school follows guided reading from Foundation stage through to Year 2 and into Year 3 if required. We have three schemes to select books from :-


  • Jelly and Bean,
  • Dandelion Readers
  • Bug Club


When the children have completed and consolidated phase 5 phonics whole class reading is introduced and used throughout school.  


We currently follow the Letters and Sounds Programme for Phonics. 

If you would like further information about the government phonics programme, please see below :-


Our pupils are enthusiastic writers. We maintain that if the curriculum is inspiring and interesting, then children will always be motivated to write.