Reading Schemes

Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 primarily learn to read using ‘The Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme.  Children develop their reading at home and school using these books, which begin with picture only books, moving to quite challenging texts. These books not only develop children’s phonic skills, but also use repetitive techniques to help build a bank of ‘sight words’ that are too ‘tricky’ to read phonetically.  The books that are sent home follow a family of characters and the books read in school are independent from each other.  In addition to this core scheme, children take home and read in school a variety of different Phonics Readers.  These books are fully phonetically decodable books which develop children’s ability to ‘sound out’ words as a technique for reading.  Once children in Key stage 1 become fluent readers, they chose books from a carefully selected choice of ‘Free Readers Chapter books’.