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At Kingsthorne our aim is to enable children to:

  • Take pleasure in all aspects of Literacy
  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding and to develop a love of reading.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary and a good understanding of English grammar.
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in, and for, a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Be competent in the arts of speaking and listening.

Teaching of Reading.
At Kingsthorne, we use a variety of books from different schemes so that we can best support the needs and interests of the children and ensure reading success. These books include Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Pearson Bug Club and Phonics Bug. Children also have access to reading books online through the Active Learn Primary website. All reading books are organised into different colour banded levels so that we can closely match books to the ability of each child.


Every classroom throughout school has a designated welcoming and comfortable reading area that the children helped to design and create. They have been stocked with a wealth of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books which children can read for pleasure.

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Each classroom has a set of legacy books which are story books that have been selected as ‘must reads’ for all children. These books are shared and enjoyed through whole class reading every day and give the children the opportunity to experience the writing of a variety of different children’s authors from different backgrounds and different genres. Children ‘magpie’ good examples of words and phrases they encounter ready for application into their own writing.


Children are rewarded for their efforts in reading through the reading raffle tickets scheme. Each time a child completes a book, they are given a raffle ticket which then goes into a class draw. The draw takes place monthly and the winner from each class chooses a book prize and the class with the most tickets receives a prize for their book corner.


At Kingsthorne we follow letters and sounds to teach phonics. This framework allows us to respond to and plan for the needs of the children. We use practical equipment, books, games and ICT resources in lessons to help our teaching. We also operate a catch up scheme in Key stage 2 for any children who need it.

Useful websites to support phonics and reading in Foundation and Key Stage One can be found on this website under the heading Community. Please feel free to have a look.

Early Years.

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Children will have access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest and begin to link letters and sounds in order to begin to read and write.

Due to child initiated learning the children have many opportunities throughout the setting to choose to read and write in a variety of different ways. As the children are choosing to participate in the activities provided it is evident that the pupils are engaged and making progress.

Key Stage 1.

During year 1 and 2 children are taught the different letter sounds to enable them to blend in reading and segment in spelling.

They will have opportunities to explore and discuss a wide range of reading materials across different genres to build up their vocabulary and support them as they begin to write texts of their own.


Key Stage 2.

Children are encouraged to read a variety of texts for pleasure, developing an understanding and enjoyment of stories, poetry, plays and non-fiction. They can choose reading books from the class book corners to read in school and at home for pleasure as well as to explore how authors create a story.

Within Guided Reading sessions, children are given the opportunity to explore and interrogate texts, investigating techniques authors employ and to evaluate what makes different texts successful. In these sessions they also use laptops or iPads to read eBooks or complete reading activities online.


Oxford Owl

We recommend Oxford Owl ( as a free website built to help you help your child learn to read and love to read.

  • Help your child's reading.
  • Over 100 FREE ebooks to enjoy with your child.
  • Phonics guide (including how to say the sounds correctly).
  • Ideas for motivating boys to read.
  • Great ways to keep up with reading in the holidays.
  • Reading games and activities.
  • It's free!


Teaching of Writing:

Our aim at Kingsthorne is for all children to enjoy writing and become confident writers. We do this by providing opportunities for children to experience literacy in a range of contexts, including making links with other subject areas.

In writing, explicit links are made to reading and children are encouraged to read with a writer’s eye, identifying and practising the tools used by popular children’s writers in order to assimilate a text. They are exposed to and learn how to compose a wide variety of genres within fiction and non-fiction as well as studying a range of different poetic forms.

The writing process is supported through teacher modelling and builds on the oral and reading aspects of the units. Children are taught key spelling strategies and appropriate use of punctuation according to their stage of development.

A range of strategies are used by teachers to engage children in the writing process, including visual literacy, drama and ‘talk for writing’ techniques. Children are given the opportunity to take part in a range of speaking and listening activities in order to gather information, develop their vocabulary or give them concrete experiences to write about.

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Useful Links - please click to view

Reading Bookmarks (Nursery to Year 6) - please click to view

Writing Pathways (Nursery to Year 6) - please click to view