“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

Rationale and principles

At Palgrave Primary we strive to make reading a pleasurable thing to do, a gift we are given. So we are keen to promote opportunities for everyone to read, any and every where as well as anything and everything. For more information about how we teach reading at Palgrave, please click on the link below:

Palgrave Primary Reading Strategy


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

Articulation of Phonemes gives a link to the taught articulation of phoneme sounds.

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 the 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, alongsideour own reading strategy. 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