At Hudson Road, the teaching of reading is at the heart of everything that we do. To be able to read confidently is the key to learning all across the curriculum. Reading should be a lifelong pleasure.


Our priority is to make sure that every pupil is a confident, literate young person by the time that they move to secondary school. We teach phonics using the 'Sounds and Letters' scheme with Jolly Phonics resources and use 'Oxford Reading Tree' as our core reading scheme starting with books linked to our phonics programme for EY/KS1 from "Floppy's Phonics".


Staff use a wide range of strategies when teaching reading skills to ensure individual success. We teach for reading mastery.



  • From the Early Years to Y2, we have a structured approach to the teaching of phonics so that children can

        begin to build words and start to read. Our reading books match the phonics phase to build confidence.


  • We also teach children to recognise some sight words.


  • In KS2 we use banded sets of reading books appropriate to pupil’s reading mastery level to build speed and



  • Teachers hear children read. 


  • We encourage a strong home-school reading link from an early age with shared home – school reading



  • Staff read aloud to pupils every day to introduce them to new books and authors. 


  • Regular reading challenges to motivate pupils and get them hooked on reading including author visits, library

        visits, workshops, book fairs, peer mentoring.


  • Pupils and staff read together often sharing and discussing books from home or from the library.


  • We have a well-stocked school library.


  •  We have individual and small group “catch up” programmes as needed for example for new arrivals at our



Yearly Reading Planning Overviews for 2019-2020



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6




Whole School English Focus 2019-2020


Spring Term