Reading and Phonics

Reading and phonics skills are developed through whole class, group and individual activities and tasks. We have a range of picture, fiction and information books which children experience alongside more structured reading books. This ensures that children have a rich, varied and stimulating experience of books throughout the school.

The reading scheme used through school is Oxford Reading Tree. Visit Oxford Owl for further information.

Specific reading skills are taught through a structured developmental approach appropriate to the age and needs of the individual child. Structured reading sessions in school help develop a range of reading skills and a deeper understanding of the texts being read. We aim for our children to develop a positive attitude to reading and a love of books. The best way you can help your child to read easily and with enjoyment is to talk and listen to them as much as possible, answering questions from an early age and trying to involve them in a variety of interesting experiences.

Daily phonics input takes place in KS1 and phonics input will continue through KS2 until pupils have secure skills. Once pupils have completed Phonics phase 6 they will move to a support for spellings model. Our Phonics scheme is Letters and Sounds. Visit Letters and Sounds for further information.


Reading is closely linked with writing – the two activities reinforce each other. Children become successful readers by using a range of strategies to understand the meaning of the text and then apply these strategies to their own writing. At Rosemellin we give our children opportunities to write in a variety of genres through our broad and balanced curriculum. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught both in context and discretely. Our aim is to enable all our children to Rosemellin as competent, confident and enthusiastic writers.


Years 2 to 6 follow the Read, Write inc. spelling scheme.
Below are a few suggestions of books that may be suitable for different age groups.
This doesn’t not mean they aren’t suitable to be read by children of other ages.