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 olour banded and get progressively more difficult in terms of the number of words, vocabulary used and the content of fiction or non-fiction.  Our core scheme which runs through to Orange level is Oxford Reading Tree Floppy's Phonics and Traditional Tales.  These are used to enable your child to practise the phonics skills they are being taught at school.  Along side this each colour band consists of books from a range of schemes as different children are often attracted to different characters, content and scenarios.  

Below is the order of colour bands and the expectation for each year group.  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 Rising Stars 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 email the school office and new details will be issued.  

Children are allocated books regularly to complement the reading books they bring home from school. 


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 taught as a whole class group as this ensures they meet all the objectives for their year group, however if your child is finding phonics tricky they may also have additional phonics teaching either 1 to 1 or as part of a small group which focuses on an earlier phase.

Phonics Screen Check

All children undertake the phonics screen check at the end of Year 1.  This is a simple reading activity which checks their ability to blend to read real and nonsense words using their phonic knowledge.  Children who do not achieve the National benchmark score will receive additional phonics teaching in Year 2 and will then complete the check again at the end of Year 2.  Further information about the Phonics Screen check can be found below.