At Palace Fields Primary School we aim to teach children to:-

  • Read with fluency, accuracy and understanding.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
  • Develop a love of reading, stretching their imagination.
  • Use texts as a source to enhance knowledge and understanding of vocabulary.

In addition to Literacy lessons, we employ a team of reading assistants who aim to ensure that all children in EYFS and KS1 are heard read every day as well as those children in KS2 who are not yet fluent readers.  We also ask that parents/carers support their child at home by hearing their child read daily.


Phonics is taught daily from EYFS as part of our Power English lessons/provision.  All children, regardless of age, are receiving daily phonics teaching appropriate to their ability.   We currently use a lot of Read Write Inc resources and tools to support this.

Children in Year 1 are required to take a statutory check to assess their understanding of phonics. These results are shared with parents as part of our end of year reports.

Reading schemes

Palace Fields Primary School uses books from a variety of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Tree Tops and Read Write Inc to support the children to develop their reading skills. Children are given books appropriate to their reading ability.

Once children have progressed on to 'free readers' there is a large selection of books for the children to choose from and they are encouraged to read a variety of text types and books by different authors.

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