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Reading and Phonics

What we say about Reading and Phonics at Minety Primary School...

"I really enjoy the books we use; I find them relaxing. I love writing stories and making them exciting. I definitely enjoyed learning about the Great Fire of London!" Harry 

"I really enjoy reading in school and at home. I read lots of different books and I also like reading magazines. Most of the stories and poems we read in class have interesting pictures, illustrating the main plot. I think these illustrations help me understand the stories even better. My favourite book includes witches and wizards, such as the Harry Potter series." Lily 


" We know we need to be doing all we can to support children and families to develop a love of reading. This starts with phonics at Minety, where the sequence through Letters and Sounds allows it to be followed in an engaging way through song, actions, books, games and activities. Explicit systematic phonics instruction is the most effective way to teach young children how to read and this includes the skills of turn taking, sharing of ideas and speaking and listening skills. We use Pearson Bug Club to support our children with their phonics and the books and activities follow a sequence of the sounds taught. These books are available online too! We also use Dandelion Readers and Big Cat Phonics books in the early stages of reading for variety." Mrs Grayson (Subject Leader)


"Our Cornerstones curriculum at Minety is very creative and topics are often set around a great book. Children respond well to this because they love exploring details of books and making books come to life. Our children read individually, in groups or as a whole class and they hear their teacher read every day. Most importantly, the children are given time to choose the books they want to read, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry or magazines and comics. Talking informally about books or poems with their peers and teachers instils a love of literature, builds vocabulary, discussion skills and promotes a relaxed atmosphere and a positive ethos around reading. We try hard to encourage reading in all its forms and support the children’s choices of reading material.Mrs Grayson (Subject Leader)

Curriculum Intent

At Minety CE Primary, we aim to foster inquisitiveness and interest in reading. Through deepening pupils’ understanding of language and culture through reading we will widen children’s understanding of the world. Language and reading teaching provides the foundation of learning in so many subjects and this, equips pupils with the necessary skills and knowledge for further study, learning and ultimately future employment.

We are committed to creating a positive, safe and nurturing Christian environment, where all members of the school community will be respected and valued and SHINE. By SHINE we mean in reading children:

  • Sparkle - sparkle and have confidence as they make each step in their reading journey.
  • Help - help each other to be motivated and confident readers.
  • Imagine -imagine other places, people and feelings from what they read
  • Nurture - foster reading for pleasure
  • Excel – excel in reading regardless of background, ability or additional needs

To read our full intent, implementation and impact, click the link:

Statement of intent

To read our progression and content for Reading and Phonics, click the links:

Progression and content for Reading

Progression and content for Phonics


Read Write Inc. Spelling - Ruth Miskin Phonics Training

At Minety we use Read Write Inc. Spelling for children in Years 2 to 6 . We have found that with daily teaching, children develop confidence in spelling.

Reading and Phonics

In Reception and KS1 we use Little Wandle which is a phonics and reading programme that brilliantly combines an online reading world with print books.

Reading Reconsidered

FREE Reading (Reconsidered) Spine for Primary Schools | Teaching Resources

Each year group has a set of books which have been chosen as high quality texts to share with the children.  These books have been chosen using Doug Lemov's 'Reading Reconsidered' guidance on text selection.  They have been chosen to introduce the children to new authors, extend their knowledge of authors they know and will include a range of complex texts linking with the 5 plagues of the developing reader.  

Resident author

Sunday Times Best Selling author Sarah Oliver has written over 25 books and her latest book 'The Mermaid's Wedding' was written by children from our school during writing workshops with Sarah. The book is due to be released on World Book Day. Sarah says: I was blown  away by the amazing ideas the children had in our workshops and each class worked so hard to produce the copy and illustrations for each page. I was able to use what they had written and share their pictures with Scott Wells, our illustrator, so they could inspire his illustrations. The whole book was written within a week which shows how dedicated the children were.

Class 1 use games and other methods to help with learning to read.

We had a fabulous  World Book Day dressed up for Under the Sea.

TA with a child having fun with books and reading.

Class 1 had a fantastic World Book Day they enjoyed the Fish Who Could Wish by Korkey Paul.  They made their own fish and then used their phonics to write our their wish.

Class 5 have been sharing a love of reading – their favourite books to shared on their tree.

World Book Day 2021

We had a wonderful Super Stars World Book Day.