At Trinity St. Peter's we approach the teaching and learning of reading through a programme of systematic synthetic phonics, guided reading and by providing pupils with books from our colour banded reading scheme to take home and practise with.

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1:

Our Nursery pupils follow Phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. Phase 1 activities include environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Our Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils follow Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc programme. This progamme aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read and write by developing their phonic knowledge and skills by learning the sets of simple and complex speed sounds. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Simple Speed Set Sounds:


Complex Speed Sounds:



Key Stage 2:

Reading within Key Stage Two follows on and builds upon the foundations set within Key Stage One. Books are banded into colour bands with a range of books in each band.  Children have a choice of books from a range of publishers including: Oxford Reading Tree, Rising Stars and Project X.

Children  from Year 3 to Year 6 select their own books from their colour band to take home and read.  Once children have confidently moved through the bands, they progress on to class library books and are similarly encouraged to select their own books to take home and read.  These books have a more challenging content for the children and extend their learning further.

In addition to this, all classes throughout the school have a whole class reading book which is used to support the teaching of reading comprehension skills throughout the week.

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