Reading and Phonics Schemes

 Reading at Banks Road
At Banks Road our aim is to teach your child how to read and to nurture a love of reading and reading for pleasure.

In line with the new national curriculum for English we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  •         Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  •         Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  •         Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

Reading consists of ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’ in the National Curriculum. It is essential that we focus on developing children’s competence in both of these areas.

At Banks Road we teach reading daily using a range of strategies and offer the children a wide selection of texts to share, read and respond to.

We want the children to develop the ability to have opinions and respond to quality texts, both fiction and non-fiction. We have opportunities to use the local library and to share in different authors’ work.

Reading Schemes

Our reading scheme books are colour banded and get progressively more difficult in terms of the number of words, vocabulary used and the content of fiction or non-fiction.  Each colour band consists of books from a range of schemes as different children are often attracted to different characters, content and scenarios.  

If you are concerned about the colour band your child is reading at please speak to the class teacher. They will be happy to explain more about how colour bands are allocated and methods we use to support the children in selecting their reading books.

Online Reading Scheme

As a school we subscribe to Pearson's Active learning online reading schemes.  To visit their website please follow the link below.  All children have an individual login.  If you have misplaced or forgotten your child's login details please see their class teacher and new details will be issued.  

Children are allocated books fortnightly to complement the reading books they bring home from school.  Please see the accompanying documents for further details on how to use the website and how frequently book allocations will be made.


All children have a daily phonics session where they are taught how to blend sounds in words for reading and writing.

At Banks Road we follow the Pearson Phonics bug and then grammar and spelling bug scheme of work (which has been recently updated to align with the phonics requirement in the New Curriculum).

The children are put in phases so they can be taught at their developmental stage.

Phonetic teaching also impacts immediately on children’s confidence to blend and segment sounds for reading and writing.