Reading in Our Academy

We are extremely grateful to our School Association whose fundraising has enabled us to buy a whole new reading scheme for Key Stage 1 in September 2020. 


From the beginning of Reception, children will now be primarily reading from the Reading Planet scheme. There are three strands to this scheme: 

  1. Rocket phonics books are completely phonetically decodable and aligned to our Letters and Sounds programme which we follow for phonics teaching.
  2. Comet Street Kids books are stories about a group of children who live on Comet Street. The books are highly decodable but also allow the children to practise other reading skills such as prediction and sequencing.
  3. Galaxy books cover a range of fiction and non-fiction topics which help to extend children's vocabulary.


If you want to know more about Reading Planet, please look at the Parents' Guide. Click here for the Parents' Guide. 

We will supplement these books with texts from other schemes if necessary. 


The books children bring home to read are intended to be used to practise the reading skills we teach in school. Children should be able to read their reading book mostly independently, they should not find it too challenging. Please talk to your child about their book and discuss any unfamiliar words as well as listen to them read it. The Reading Planet books have suggested questions on the inside cover. You may also wish to encourage your child to read their book more than once - this is a really good way to improve their fluency and expression. 


Children from Reception to Y4 read books levelled according to the Book Banding Scheme. Click here for the Book Banding Scheme document. Usually at the beginning of Year 5 we move away from this scheme to allow our older children a wider choice of texts. They choose their own reading book in discussion with their class teacher.