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At Alban Wood Primary School and Nursery,  we create confident, fluent readers who have a passion for and a love of reading. We aim to ensure that our children know the importance of reading for pleasure and for information and we provide them with numerous opportunities to do so across the curriculum. We want our children to read widely and often with fluency and good understanding.

To achieve this, we have developed a comprehensive approach to teaching reading which includes: a systematic synthetic phonics programme, Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds; a comprehensive home reading scheme; well stocked book corners in every classroom; whole class reading sessions; guided reading; English lessons based on real texts and an emphasis on developing reading skills throughout the curriculum.

To support the teaching of reading, all children have access to a range of reading materials which they can take home. We use several schemes for our home reading books; these are mainly Oxford Reading Tree, ‘Songbirds Phonics’ and ‘Big Cat’ books. All of our home reading books are ‘book banded’ so the children read books at the appropriate level for their reading development. The children also take home a library book from the school library alongside their reading scheme book.

To inspire children and share our love of reading, the children in Key Stage 2 have a daily silent reading session and teaching staff read stories/novels to all the children too.

In addition to this, we also use Project X and Code X to support children who need additional support with the development of reading and phonics.


Alban Wood Primary School and Nursery, phonics plays an important role in teaching young children how to read and write. It helps children to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

We use Jolly Phonics and the non-statutory government document ‘Letters and Sounds’ to support staff with the teaching of phonics.

Alongside this document, we use resources from Phonics Play and Teach your Monster to Read: online websites to support the learning of phonics / reading.

Whole class phonics teaching begins in the nursery and continues to the end of Year 2.  Other children may receive phonics teaching as and when required.

Useful documents to support with reading development

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