At St Paul’s we aim to instil a real love for reading. Reading for pleasure is a priority and our curriculum aims to develop this across all areas of learning.

In Reception and KS1 the children follow our main scheme which is Oxford Reading Tree, this is complemented with other schemes to give the children a wide range of texts to learn from. In school during our guided reading sessions we use a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and extracts to engage the children.

KS1 Reading Schemes

Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cats, Rigby Star, Rigby Rockets and Tree tops.

KS2 Reading Schemes

In KS2 the children continue to follow a reading scheme, and for some children they become a ‘free reader’ whereby they choose a book from the class reading corner or the school library.

Tree tops, Collins Big Cats, Project X, Heinemann Rapids, Oxford Tracker and Wolf Hill.

Reading for Pleasure

All children have access to a class reading area, the school library as well as their reading scheme book to read at home. We have visits from authors to inspire and motivate the children, book fairs as well as reading challenges.


At St Paul’s we follow the main Synthetic Phonics Programme ‘Letters and sounds.’ This programme starts in foundation and is supplemented with Jolly Phonics to help the children to learn their initial sounds in a fun and lively way. As the children move through KS1 they continue through the phases of ‘Letters and Sounds.’ It is our aim that all children will have completed the phases by the end of Year 2 and be ready to move onto the spelling programme of study in KS2.

If a child is not ready to start the spelling programme in KS2 then they will continue to be supported in working through the phonic phases.

Phonics Screening Test

At the end of Year 1 the children are assessed using the statutory Phonic Screening Test. Children that do not pass this are re-tested at the end of Year 2, these results are reported to the local authority. As a school we continue to test the children in phonics as appropriate in Year 3 but this result does not have to be reported to the local authority.