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At Brambles Primary Academy, we strive to inspire all children to develop a love of reading. We want children to be confident, fluent readers who have a deep understanding of the texts they read. We believe, learning to read is one of the most important things a child will ever learn. It underpins everything else, so we believe in putting as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. 


Phonics Teaching

We start teaching phonics as soon as the children start school in Reception. We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.

As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Brambles Primary Academy, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

Alongside this, the children are taught the ‘tricky words’ – high frequency words which do not follow the regular phonetic pattern.


 The Teaching of Reading after phonics

Once children are able to decode words for reading, we work on children's comprehension skills. We build on the reading strategies and comprehension skills they have already acquired in Key stage 1 to explicitly teach the reading domains. Children take part in daily Guided Reading lessons, which focus on a range of high-quality Fiction and Non-Fiction texts. 

Year 2
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Non-Fiction: How Does Chocolate Taste on Everest?



The Sound Collector by Roger McGough

Fiction: Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl


Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Non-Fiction: The Great Fire of London


Poetry: London Bridge is Falling Down & London’s Burning


Little Penguin Rescue by Rachel Delahaye


The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

Year 3
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Non-Fiction: Amazing Islands



Shape Poems & Calligrams


The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pullman


The BFG by Roald Dahl


Planet Omar by Zanib Mian

Non-Fiction: A Rock is Lively


Poetry: Acrostic Poems


The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Year 4
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2


Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


A Mummy Ate my Homework by Thiago de Moraes


The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Katie DiCamillo

Non-Fiction: A Roman Adventure by Frances Durkin



The Owl & The Pussycat & Gran Can you Rap? & Chocolate Cake

Non-Fiction: The Science of Natural Disasters – The Devastating Truth

about Earthquakes, Volcanoes & Tsunamis



Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

Fiction: Anglo-Saxon Boy by Tony Bradman
Year 5
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Non-Fiction: Climate Action: The Future is in Our Hands


Poetry: Macavity the Mystery Cat by T.S Eliot


Varjak Paw by S.F. Said


The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge

Non-Fiction: Earth Shattering Events


Poetry: Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll & Caged Bird by Mary Angelou

Fiction: Wonder by R.J. Palacio


The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Rauf

Year 6
Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Non-Fiction: Amazon Adventure: Unfolding Journeys



The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes & In Flanders Field by John McCrae


Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans


Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Fiction: Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll


Fly Me Home by Polly Ho-Yen

Non-Fiction: Amazing Evolution: The Journey of Life



The British Poem by Benjamin Zephaniah

The reading strategies which are taught, modelled and practised are:

Every Guided Reading lesson focuses on at least one of the nine reading domains. The nine reading domains are as follows:

Children are given the opportunities to learn and practise skills linked to the reading domains in a wide variety of ways. Children are taught which reading strategies are most useful for each of the domains and have time to work independently; with a partner; in small groups and as a class.


Please find below documents that show the progression of reading in EYFS and Year 1 to Year 6.

reading progression eyfs 2021 doc.pdf


progression in reading yr1 yr6 2021 doc.pdf

 Below is our reading book banding document, which shows the progression for each year group and at what band children are expected to leave each year group. 

brambles book banding.pdf