Holy Rood Catholic Primary School

Reading Schemes

The main reading scheme used across the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 for home reading is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’. Within this scheme the children progress through colour bands which increase in complexity of language, themes and structures as well as volume of text on each page. Children begin this scheme in Nursery and will continue until they are assessed by the class teacher or Reading Recovery teacher to be ready for ‘free reading’. When a child begins free reading, they have use the class and school library to access texts and titles of their own choosing. Initially this will be guided by a teacher or teaching assistant to ensure the level of text is suitably challenging. 

In the EYFS and KS1, to support phonological development, children will also take home a phonics book which will reinforce taught phonemes and graphemes in a narrative setting. In this scheme we have titles from ‘Alphablocks’, ‘Dandelion Readers’ and ‘Rigby Star’. Each book has a clearly identified focus grapheme which makes it easy for teachers to match up individual pupils to their specific phonological need.

For guided reading in the EYFS and in KS1, our teachers use the Rigby Star scheme. This provides a teacher copy for each set of titles which gives challenging questions and discussion topics as a starting point for a taught guided reading session. As the children move into KS2, the guided reading texts become more challenging. They do not necessarily follow a scheme as teachers prefer to read texts which are appropriate to an element of the curriculum being taught or from an author who is of particular interest to that group of children.