Reading Scheme

By Kathryn Tilbury on Monday, September 14, 2015 in Uncategorized. No Comments

At the beginning of each academic year, we hold a meeting, to which all Reception parents are invited, that gives a detailed description of how we teach reading and the systems we use at Bournville Infant School, and lots of ideas to support your child as they become accomplished readers.

Sharing Books

From their first day in school, your child will bring home a sharing book, for you to read and share with them. The aim of this is that our pupils will develop a love of reading, and that their listening skills will improve as they discuss what they have heard, and that they see the reading process being modelled by you.
In each class there is a lending library of sharing books, from which they can choose a book to take home and share with you.

Reading Books

Once your child has acquired all the pre-reading skills needed to begin reading successfully they will be given a reading book by their class teacher. You can help us by practising these books at home with your child. At our school we use a variety of reading schemes (as well as ‘real’ books) to support your child with their reading, such as Story World, Dandelion readers, Big Cat Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree Phonics and Poetry books and Project X. This enables your child to read from a very wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. We also encourage children to read on our kindles and ipads in school. We make sure that the children have time to read for pleasure in school, choosing books or comics that particularly interest them. We want, in partnership with you, to create readers for life; children who love reading and love books.

High Frequency (or tricky) Core Words

From Reception we begin to teach the children high frequency core words, which are common words they will meet in their reading, that usually cannot be sounded out. There are 7 stages of high frequency core words.

Here are some ideas to help the learning of core words be fun!:

  • Use magnetic letters on your fridge, or foam letters in the bath.
  • Write words in sand, shaving foam, in chalk on the patio, or in condensation on windows.
  • Type in the words into the computer, using different fonts.
  • Hide post it notes around your house and send your child on a core word hunt!
  • Highlight core words in newspapers for your child to read.
  • Play snap, pairs or lotto with words.
  • Use a timer; How many words can they read in a minute?
  • Stick the words onto a twister map, and play a core word game.
  • Make core word lily pads and play a frog jumping game.


The use of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or in phonics terms, blending the sounds. We teach phonics daily using ‘Letters and Sounds’ and the ‘Dandelion’ reading scheme. We support this using the ‘actions of Jolly Phonics’ which supports the children’s learning and sound acquisition. (Click on the logo to view their website.) Children are taught in small groups according to their ability. These groups are very flexible and children move groups regularly, depending on the progress that they make. We also run phonics workshops in Reception and in Year 1 to show parents how to support their child with phonics at home. Your child may bring home new sounds to learn at home.

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