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Reading & Phonics

Our Reading Vision :


‘The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page’

(Rachel Anders)





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 value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and our intent is to promote the following:

  • To foster a love of reading and enjoy reading for pleasure
  • To develop curious learners who read confidently and fluently and seek to acquire knowledge independently
  • Give our children the reading skills they need to access all areas of the curriculum.

Throughout our rich and exciting topics our texts are purposefully selected to stimulate, encourage and enrich the developing readers in all year groups.



Reading is not just 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.


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.


From the very beginning of their time with us in Lower Foundation children begin their reading journey, their play is carefully planned so that language skills are developed, book talk is introduced and they are seeing print in real life contexts. The print rich environment encourages children to look at words and the shapes they make whilst the verbal rich environment encourages talk about books, characters and develops understanding. The reading corners in Upper and Lower foundation stage are full of wondrous resources to support early reading for example puppets, small world objects and  range of books. Throughout school each classroom is equipped with an engaging and exciting reading area, where the children can access a range of books from many genres and authors and poets. 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.




"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.

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.

Children will move through the reading development and journey at different rates and speeds. Here you can find our progression steps for reading and what a child should be doing in each year group.


Reading every day gives your child so many advantages, they can access not just English lessons but the whole curriculum. It provides confidence and resilience for them as well as development of a key life skill.


If you want to know more about books that are engaging and recommended for your child, you can find 100 to read books for each year group here.


"What is a bookshelf other than a treasure chest for a curious mind”




We currently follow the Letters and Sounds Programme for Phonics. 

Coming soon… Our new phonics scheme: Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised


At St Peter’s and Clifton CE Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. We will be starting a new phonics and early reading scheme in Spring term 2022 called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. This scheme is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme which begins in Nursery/Reception and follows the Little Wandle Letter and Sounds Revised progression ensuring all children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. By the time our children leave us, they can read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure.

Staff are currently busy training and preparing our new resources and linked Big Cat Phonics books and we are looking forward to introducing the new scheme to our children.

Watch this space for more information including guidance in how you can support and teach your children phonics and early reading at home.