Ladygrove Primary School & Nursery


Reading is the gateway to knowledge. Until a child can read fluently and independently, other areas of the curriculum remain hard to access. We therefore place great emphasis on teaching children to read as early in their school careers as possible.

Novels, plays and poems form an integral part of many lessons, with not only the reading and comprehension of a text being significant, but also how themes, styles, structure and language are used. Whole class, small group and independent reading activities enhance speaking, listening and writing tasks, develop reading skills and encourage personal enjoyment and enthusiasm for reading.

Spelling, handwriting, vocabulary, grammatical accuracy and creative style are all developed to high standards. The children’s written work is regularly shared and celebrated at Ladygrove Primary School during Celebration Assemblies.

Our aim is to have all children reading independently by the end of Year 1. To achieve this we need the support of parents, who are asked to read to and with their children every day. We use the Phonics Bug reading scheme and supplement this with Big Cats and Oxford Reading Tree books. All the reading books in Reception and Year 1 are phonetically decodeable and are matched to the children's Letters and Sounds phase.

We teach reading by means of Letters and Sounds, supplemented by Jolly Phonics to make it multi-sensory. We give each phoneme/grapheme an action and a song.

All children at Ladygrove Primary are asked to continue their reading at home and it is expected that they will read at least ten minutes per night as part of their homework. Both children and parents are invited to record reading in the pupil's personal Reading diary where there are examples of questions to prompt as children read.

Guided Reading takes place daily across school and focuses the children on a wide range of texts. Teachers plan and deliver sessions which focus on key questions to challenge children’s ideas about the texts they are reading and to develop their abilities to deduce, infer and predict what may happen next.