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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust

Our Reading Scheme

'Success for All Phonics' Reading Books


In our Early Years and Key Stage One, shared reading books which are part of the SFA phonics scheme are used within phonics lessons to teach children to read, using the sounds being taught.


These books are further supplemented by other SFA reading books, which can be taken home to read at home . This is further supplemented - to add some variety in the children's reading diet - by Oxford Reading Tree books, which have been carefully sorted and closely aligned to the phonics phases, so that children always have access to texts at the correct phonics level, which they can decode.


Oxford Reading Tree


In Key Stage Two, we use Oxford Reading Tree as the main spine for our reading scheme in school. 


We order our reading books using the National Book Band colours and, within these broad bands, we have carefully sorted our early reading books into smaller sub-sections, which are carefully aligned to children's phonic ability. This means that the books children read are fully accessible to them, to promote a joy in the success of early reading.

Children's progress through the reading book colours and phonics phases is carefully tracked and monitored in Early Years and Key Stage One and this extends into Key Stage Two, where the reading colours continue. This supports continuity and progression right across school as children grow and develop in reading fluency and comprehension, reading carefully matched and selected texts at all points of their reading journey, meeting ever-increasingly more complex texts along the way.


By providing a wide range of books of all texts types, we aim to deepen and broaden children's reading experiences and foster a love of reading as they progress through school, from their beginnings in Early Years until they leave us at the end of Year 6. We aim to send our children off into the world as capable, life-long readers, who read for pleasure, for knowledge and for enjoyment.  

Phonics and Early Reading


For the teaching of phonics and early reading, we follow FFT's 'Success for All' Synthetic Phonics Programme.


This scheme includes reading books which are carefully matched to the phonics phase being taught in class.

In addition, our reading scheme books for early readers are also carefully matched to children's phonics ability, so they encounter a wide range of decodable reading books and text types, all at the correct level of difficulty and challenge.


To find out more about our phonics and reading at OLASP, please follow the link below:

Power of Reading


To supplement our reading curriculum further, quality texts selected from the CLPE's 'Power of Reading' programme are at the very heart of our school curriculum. We aim to encourage and promote a love of reading in our children, by giving them access to rich, quality texts, through which they can develop both their love of reading and their writing skills. 


Please click the link to the Power of Reading area of our curriculum, to find out more.

Accelerated Reader


To accompany our reading scheme, we use 'Accelerated Reader', which supplements children's enjoyment and sense of achievement in reading, by providing book quizzes  based on the books children have read.


The children LOVE taking a book quiz, to test their knowledge and understanding, and can earn certificates and other rewards for passing quizzes successfully.


To find out more, please follow the link below: