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When children join us in Reception they immmediately begin on a programme of phonic learning.  We use Bug Club Phonics.  As children in Reception learn sounds and blending skills they read individual decodable phonics books from the Bug Club Scheme which are closely matched to their developing knowledge.  This approach continues in Years 1 and 2.  As children become more secure readers, applying their phonic knowledge to decode, they move through the phonic banded books and on to early chapter books in preparation for Accelerated Reader.  Click here to see the children's pathway through the phonics banded books.

In addition to the books that children may take home for daily reading, we also provide access to high quality online books through our school subscription to Pearson ‘Bug Club’.


At St Peter and St Paul CE VA Primary School, we aim for ALL our children to become confident, fluent readers who develop a lifelong love of reading.

Click here to see an overview of reading in our school. 

Recommended Reading Lists

Click the links below to find recommended reading books for each year group.

How to help with phonics and reading at home

Phonics is a method of teaching children how to read and write.  It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

We teach children to use the pure sounds and here is a useful demonstration to help you.  Click here for pure sounds.

As the children learn the pure sounds they will be blending them to decode words.  Click here for a helpful video about blending.

To read the DfE's top ten tips for hearing children read visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/10-top-tips-to-encourage-children-to-read/10-top-tips-to-encourage-children-to-read

Accelerated Reader

When children are ready to move onto chapter books, they are enrolled in the accelerated reader scheme (AR). Children are periodically assessed through an online reading quiz that provides them with their personal reading range. This supports children to steadily build on their reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. Children take short quizzes upon completion of books they read to assess and support their understanding along the way.


Click the Accelerated Reader button above to find out more about this programme.

Reading breakfast

Year 2 children and their parents/carers were invited to a reading breakfast, feeding their imagination as well as their tummies! Juice, pastries and a chance to explore new books were on offer.

The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed world book day this year.  Children took part in a range of book related activities including creating and performing their own raps based on the World Book Day Rap.  We also had a fantastic time watching the teaching staff perform 'Paul Pan'. 

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