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Phonics and English at Vane Road

At Vane Road Primary school reading is at the very heart of everything we do; learning to read allows children to open the door to the wider world and unlock their imaginations. It is therefore our priority to ensure that our children not only learn the skills and knowledge to enable them to read, but also to nurture a love of reading that will stay with them forever.​


Within our broader English Curriculum planning, our intent for reading is clear: 

  • We aim to install a love of reading for each child.​
  • To expose all children to a wealth of language rich texts.​
  • To be independent and resilient readers. ​
  • Within Key Stage One children will reach the expected standard in phonics and become fluent, confident early readers. ​
  • Children will develop their comprehension skills enabling them to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of literature. ​
  • Children to be exposed to a world of words which they can take with them on their learning journey. 



At Vane Road Primary School, we use Bug Club’s synthetic phonics scheme.  This focuses on securing word recognition skills in a systematic, fun way.  Across EYFS and KS1, phonics plays an integral role in developing our children’s knowledge of sounds and spelling patterns. These skills are essential for children to develop their decoding and encoding skills needed for reading and spelling. 

Please click on the link here to see the overview of the scheme.

 *In Year 1, children usually complete the Phonics Screening check in June. This year, due to COVID, our Y2 children are completing their missed screening check before Christmas.

A handy guide to phonics can be accessed  here to download or by clicking the photo below.


Reading and writing go hand in hand! We believe that through our creative curriculum we provide children with vast opportunities to write for different purposes and audiences. Whether they are writing a letter to the Queen in Y2 or writing an epic Viking saga in Y6, at Vane Road we believe every child is a writer.


Once children have completed the Bug Club phonic programme, they will progress onto learning more complex spelling patterns. We currently focus on teaching strategies to support spelling and this includes the statutory word lists.

Children will get spellings to learn once a week.  Spellings are handed out each Friday and children will be tested on these words the following Friday. 

Please see attached the statutory word lists for each year group. The lists are a mix of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell.

Year 1 and 2 list.         100 High Frequency Words

Year 3 and 4 list           200 Hih Frequency Words

Year 5 and 6 list         English Spelling Publication


At Vane Road we are very proud of our pupil’s handwriting and take particular care in our cursive handwriting style.

We use Letter-join’s on-line handwriting resource as the basis of our handwriting policy as it covers all the requirements of the National Curriculum.


Reading is very much at the heart of everything we do at Vane Road and this journey begins in Reception.  Our reading scheme in EFYS and early KS1 is phonics based and consists of wholly decodable books.  

We use Bug Club books to assist in the development of our early readers.  These books are specifically tailored to support the phonic phase each child is working at. 

Titles include a range of fiction and non-fiction not to mention CBeebies Alphablock books.

As our children progress with their phonics, they will progress through the  reading stages.  We have a wide selection of books to support and enthuse or pupils.  This also includes a vast selection of online books. We fully utilize Bug Club’s online platform allowing our children to read books and play phonics-based games online too.

Accelerated reader

Within our school we use Accelerated Reader.  This is a computer-based programme which helps us manage and monitor your child’s independent reading. Once your child has finished reading a book, they will take a short quiz on the computer.  Passing the quiz is an indication of how well your child has understood the text. Our children really enjoy taking the quizzes and progressing onto new book levels.

To access our school’s Accelerated Reader page, please follow the link below and log in as normal.


 To check if a book is on Accelerated Reader, please use the link below.  Simply type in the title of the book or the author’s name to search.  


In addition to this, our KS2 children also use myOn.  This is a fantastic addition to our reading provision and provides our students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books.  Linked to Accelerated Reader, students can pick books which are dynamically matched to the individual interests and reading level and take a comprehension quiz once they have finished reading a book.  This cohesive reading approach allows our pupils to access books online at any time.

Please click here or on the photo below to access the site.

Cornerstones Reading Assessment

To help us effectively assess and monitor children’s reading comprehension, we use Cornerstones Reading Assessments.

These assessments take place on a termly basis and are used as tool for staff to inform their planning and assessments.

Reading Comprehension

Each week children have a dedicated reading lesson which teaches them key reading skills outlined below.

KS1 Content Domains

  • Draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts
  • Identify and explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction
  • Identify and explain the sequence of events in texts
  • Make inferences from the text
  • Make informed predictions about what might happen next

 KS2 Content Domains

  • Give and explain the meaning of words in context
  • Retrieve and record information and key details
  • Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph
  • Make inferences from the text using evidence to support answers
  • Predict what might happen next using details stated or implied
  • Identify and explain how information is related and contributes to meaning as a whole
  • Identify and explain how meaning is enhanced through the author’s choice of words and phrases
  • Make comparisons within the text.


With interesting texts from a wide range of genres, children develop their knowledge and love of new vocabulary which is interwoven throughout our creative curriculum.

Reading for pleasure

We encourage our children to read as often as they can and we as teachers love to share stories, poems and new vocabulary.  There is a real BUZZ about reading within our school and we hope to inspire a love of reading that will stay with a child forever!   From poetry performances to author visits, we aim to expose our children to a culture where stories and words are celebrated and enjoyed.

Reading Rainbow 

We believe that our children deserve to experience stories and books that challenge them. Because of this ethos, we have created our Reading Rainbow which outlines a carefully mapped out progression of our class texts.  These books and poems have been selected based on the theory that children should have access to five types of texts in order to successfully navigate reading with confidence. We have also added an additional strand where staff can select a book for fun.

  • Archaic
  • Non-Linear Sequence
  • Complexity of Narrator
  • Complexity of Plot / Symbol
  • Resistant Texts
  • FUN!

 Please see our reading progression for this year below.