Reading and Phonics

English at Holme On Spalding Moor Primary School

Our aim is to ensure that every child becomes a reader, a writer and confident speaker by the time they leave Holme On Spalding Moor Primary School.


At Holme On Spalding Moor Primary School, we encourage children to become confident, independent readers. Children are provided with many opportunities to read, enjoy and share books as well as being exposed to a language rich environment, which provides access to many different types of print. We foster a love of reading by having designated reading areas, providing and sharing a range of texts within class and giving children the opportunity to read for pleasure.

At our school, we use a variety of strategies to support the teaching of reading, as all learners are individual and therefore can require different approaches to secure their skills.

These strategies include:

  • The systematic teaching of synthetic phonics
  • Whole class reading lessons using high quality and challenging texts
  • Focused reading tasks when children work individually, in groups or as a whole class to use and apply their reading skills
  • Independent, 1:1 and reading intervention sessions
  • Recommended book lists for each year group are shared with parents and children within our Mobile Library Passports.


Phonics is taught daily in EYFS, Year One and Year Two using the ‘Twinkl’ nationally accredited scheme. The scheme is also used in year 3 to provide additional support as required.

A parents’ support page can be found by clicking the image below.

Phonics Guides for Parents Resources - Twinkl

Reading Schemes

At Holme On Spalding Moor Primary School, we have a range of reading books that have been combined to make our reading scheme. In Early Years and KS1 the children’s reading books are matched to the phonics they are learning, primarily through the Dandelion Readers and Dandelion Launchers. Subsequently, the reading books are colour banded to show progression. The colour banded books include fiction, non-fiction and poetry which are carefully selected to match reading levels and interests.

Reading at home

Children are encouraged to read aloud to an adult at home at least three times a week. Parents and carers are key partners in children’s learning and are requested to discuss the book with their child and to write a comment in the Reading Record.

Click on the link below to find helpful resources to use at home:


Books for topics Best children's books - Topics (

Oxford Owl Oxford Owl for Home: help your child learn at home - Oxford Owl

Pearson Enjoy-Reading-Guide.pdf (