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Reading and Phonics

At St Edmund's the Phonics Scheme we use is:

  • Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised


Below attached you will find information from the recent phonics and early reading workshop for parents.

Reading from Year 2 – Year 6

At St Edmund’s, reading is prioritised to allow pupils to access the full curriculum offer. With a strong start in Reception and Year 1, pupils’ word reading and spelling reading become more accurate and automatic as fluency develops.

We have recently implemented ‘Master Readers’ to develop children’s reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension of stories.  This has proved very popular with the children as it allows them to dive into interesting and compelling stories as well as non-fiction texts.  Each class studies a book each term, with daily reading sessions focussing on different chapters in the book.  This approach helps children cultivate a love of reading as well as having a very positive impact on their reading comprehension.


Developing a love of reading amongst our children is a real passion at St Edmunds.  We hope the below book lists, which also include dyslexia friendly texts, will support your child’s reading journey at home.

Reading with your child is a wonderful way to develop a love of reading.   Talking about the texts we read is an excellent way to develop your child’s understanding and critical thinking skills.  With this in mind, we have some suggested questions that you might want to use to talk about what you have read. Asking your child just 2 or 3 questions will encourage them to be more reflective and will help develop critical thinking skills.

Pupils' Feedback on Reading

Year 6:

‘The Book Club questioning means you get to develop a deeper understanding of the book.’

‘We like hearing the stories read aloud and people get help to read the different words – it’s supportive.’

 ‘It has definitely improved my comprehension.’

Year 5

‘We are grabbing information in a fun way for reading comprehension.’

‘I like writing summaries of the books, it helps my own writing.’

‘I love reading so it’s nice to read and get a deeper understanding of the book.’

Year 4

‘The books have been really interesting and exciting.’

‘I like it when we end of a cliff-hanger - you can guess what’s going to happen next.’

Year 3

‘I like master readers especially Monday and Tuesday when we read a new chapter and do book club where we summarise, predict, clarify and do questioning.’

‘I like master readers because you’re searching for the target words and I like it on a Friday because we get to discuss what we’ve read.’

‘We have got a lot better at answering the comprehension questions.’