Reading

Reading at Gislingham

We aim to foster a lifelong love of reading through all its different forms. A wide range of activities, along with an emphasis on phonics is used to teach children to read and, as soon as they can read with a degree of fluency, they are encouraged to read from as wide a range of texts as possible. We recommend that children read and share books everyday at home.


We teach phonics through Letters and Sounds but use some elements from Jolly Phonics.

Articulation of Phonemes

Our pupils have access to a wide range of phonic based reading books (fiction and non-fiction) including:

  • Floppy's Phonics
  • Songbirds Phonics
  • Project X
  • Traditional Tales Phonics


To ensure a rich reading experience, we supplement these with a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books including:

  • Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories
  • InFact
  • Story Sparks
  • Snapdragons
  • Fireflies
  • All Stars
  • Jackdaws
  • Traditional Tales

Additionally, we have a large collection of Story Sacks for our younger pupils to share at home and a wide variety of book banded story books to supplement reading scheme material.

Reading is a core skill and unlocks a window on the world we live in. Since the introduction of a new national curriculum in 2014, the expected standard in primary school has risen with a particular focus on securing word reading skills earlier. In addition, there is a much greater emphasis on developing a deeper understanding of what is being read, the vocabulary being used and encouraging a love of reading.

As a school we are rising to these challenges and continually review our practice to ensure that we teach reading skills as effectively as possible. This means that reading sessions in school may appear differently; either with a change of frequency or length of time, depending on the skills being taught.

You can find a copy of the new national curriculum Programme of Study for Reading below, alongside examples of the kind of questions used to support learning. We really hope you will find this useful in encouraging learning at home and sharing a love of reading with your child.

Reading - National Curriculum Programme of Study

Year 1 Guided Reading Comprehension Questions

Year 2 Guided Reading Comprehension Questions

Lower Key Stage 2 (Y3/4) Guided Reading Comprehension Questions

Upper Key Stage 2 (Y5/6) Guided Reading Comprehension Questions