Reading and Phonics

Reading is a huge part of life at Hill View Academy. We foster a love of reading and encourage children to read and enjoy a wide variety of books to nurture a lifelong love of reading. We put all our efforts into making sure that children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.


We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception classes using the Letters and Sounds programme. Children follow a detailed programme for teaching phonics with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by the end of Year 2.

Children who have difficulty in retaining what they have been taught are helped with intervention in small groups. During your child’s time in school you will be offered the opportunity to attend workshops which help you to understand the way we teach phonics in school and how the children are tested in Year 1.

Reading Scheme

Our school reading scheme contains a wide variety of books from many published schemes: Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Songbirds and Cambridge Reading Adventures, amongst others. We have books that can be decoded entirely using phonics but most require children to use a range of reading strategies. The books have been carefully ranked and increase in difficulty until children are fluent at that level. The aim of our scheme is to develop fluent, confident readers who understand what they have read. The scheme contains books form different genres so that children get used to reading stories, poems, play scripts, fiction and non-fiction.Planners are sent home with reading books with a reading record on each page. We encourage parents to read with their child each night to foster a love of reading and to develop key reading skills.

Reading development

All children from Upper Foundation Stage take part in Text Study. Text study-based reading sessions run 5 sessions per week. These are planned by all teachers to teach a range of skills and techniques which enable children to comprehend the meaning of what they read and develop their understanding of the vocabulary used by authors. These will include focus on a  range of areas including deduction, inference, authorial and literal. Through careful planning our pupils are challenged to read and write vocabulary that deepens their knowledge and intellect and prepares them for future academic success.

Reading across the Curriculum

Reading is a fundamental part of the school curriculum. Each class has a dedicated reading area and well stocked class libraries that have many genres of books appropriate to age. Every effort is made to encourage children to read for pleasure whether that be a story book, magazine, newspaper or other print.

In English lessons, children analyse texts and some of our topic are based around books and stories many of which have been selected from Pie Corbett’s reading spine. These are a collection of classic books and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of a story.

Whole School Initiatives

Every year we celebrate our love of reading on World Book Day. Children and teachers alike have a great day dressing up as their favourite characters and enjoy a range of activities based on different authors and their most famous stories

We also have a Scholastic Book Fair every year and children visit with teachers and parents.

Links to good websites

Please click the web links below to access reading links and resources for parents.

Reading Rockets

Pie Corbetts Reading Spine

Most famous authors have their own website with ideas and information that may enthuse your child’s interest in reading. Feel free to ask your child’s teacher about the books currently being read in class.

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