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Reading at Ironville & Codnor Park Primary School

Early Reading: Phonics

Following recommendations by ‘The Rose Report’ (2006) we use the synthetic phonic scheme, ‘Letters and Sounds’. This introduces sounds (phonemes) in six-phases in Key Stage 1. Children are taught phonics daily in an explicit 30 minute shared session. They are taught to:

  • Discriminate between the separate phonemes (sounds) in words;
  • Learn the letters and letter combinations most commonly used to spell those sounds;
  • Read words by sounding out and blending their separate parts;
  • Write words by combining the spelling patterns of their sounds.

Pupils use the ‘Phonics Bug’ Scheme with accompanying decodable readers and IT e-books which can be accessed from home. Children then apply these skills in a range of cross-curricular contexts across the day, through indoor and outdoor learning. Children are encouraged to employ contextual and pictorial cues, with grammatical and graphic knowledge alongside their phonic skills.

How to access 'Phonic Bug' reading at home

Reading Skills

We teach explicit reading skills through our daily ‘Book Club’ sessions, which is an opportunity to develop essential ‘VIPERS’ skills (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval  and Summary/Sequencing skills). The session acknowledges individual starting points and background knowledge so they can share their own experiences and develop an awareness of the possible themes or vocabulary that may appear in the text they are about to read. Our guidance manual below outlines the content that is be covered. Reading books are chosen from a range of text types and structures (Doug Lemov) in order to excite and motivate children. There is both fluidity in the expectation of each group and movement of children across groups. This ensures all children read at an appropriately challenging level, with their peers and an adult, every day

Ironville and Codnor Park Book Clubs

Home Reading 

Pupils choose individual reading book to take home from books of graded difficulty, matched to their independent reading levels. Reading is reviewed weekly and assessed regularly using our reading assessment scheme.

Reading material includes Rigby Star Scheme, which offers a cumulative vocabulary, sensible grammatical structure and a lively interesting content. Older children use Pelican resources and Literacy World, alongside Oxford Reading Tree and ‘real books’. As children learn decoding skills they develop their understanding of text and appreciation of the range of reading material they can access. Pelican Helios are used with children at Key Stage 2 who have a low reading ability but require a higher interest level. Boys Rule! are specifically designed to encourage reluctant boys.

Pupils are given opportunities to engage in online reading by conducting research relating to their curriculum coverage.

Children are expected to read at least three times, at home, during the week. Parents and the home environment are essential to the early teaching of reading and fostering a love of reading; children are more likely to continue to be readers in homes where books and reading are valued (Clark and Rumbold, 2006).

Reading for pleasure

A growing number of studies show that promoting reading can have a major impact on children and adults and their future. Upon reviewing the research literature, Clark and Rumbold (2006) identify several main areas of the benefits to reading for pleasure:

• Reading attainment and writing ability;

• Text comprehension and grammar;

• Breadth of vocabulary;

• Positive reading attitudes;

• Greater self-confidence as a reader;

• Pleasure in reading in later life;

• General knowledge;

 • A better understanding of other cultures;

• Community participation; and

• A greater insight into human nature and decision-making.

We have both a fiction and non-fiction library housing a range of good quality text types. Along with access to the library bus every four weeks, each child has opportunities to browse and enjoy books. The library is developing and has a computerised database to monitor the children’s reading by linking English and computing. The use of the library allows children to carry out research to support other curriculum areas.

Our creative homework booklet is linked with reading to encourage the children to read more at home, in addition:

  • Wrens have a 'Bedtime Bear' which they take in turns to take home and read to;
  • Robins, Kestrels and Eagles have reading 'chains' that are awarded for reading three times at home, and shared at the end of each full term.
Helping your child to read at home 

19.4.21 Reading Eggs Competition - Well done!

Kestrels Book Club - Conscience Alley: Should Finn leave the village to investigate the distant column of smoke? 'Attack of the Vikings' by Tony Bradman

Book Fair Nov 2019 - Raising over £500 for school books

07.03.19 World Book Day

19.11.18 - 23.11.18 Book Fair

14.11.18 Book Club Taster Session for Parents/Carers


Thank you to all the parents who came to see our 'Book Club' today! 


"Really enjoyed this session.  Was nice to see the children using their imagination from the descriptions from the book and bring them to life on paper."  

"Enjoyed the book club session.  Loved seeing that the children don't just sit and read.  They use their imagination, describe what they think is going to happen."