Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics


At Henshaw CE Primary School, we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ as well as the ‘Read, Write, Inc.’ scheme as a basis for our Phonics teaching. Details of these, as well as useful resources to support pupils’ phonics learning, can be found here:  


Reading Scheme

We have a range of books in our reading scheme, including Oxford Reading Tree, Heinemann Storyworlds, Ginn 360 and New Way. These are organised into Book Bands, a way of classifying books from a range of schemes which is progressive and allows the correct level of challenge for each child.  Children do not need to read every book in a band, but will be moved onto the next band when they are ready for the next challenge.  Pupils’ books will be changed regularly in class.

All children have access to Reading Eggs. All children have been assigned a login and passwords which can be acquired by asking their class teacher. Please follow link below to access.

10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read

As parents you are your child's most influential teacher with an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read.

Here are some suggestions on how you can help to make this a positive experience.

  • 1. Choose a quiet time
  • Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough.

    2. Make reading enjoyable

  • Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest or appears tired then do something else.

    3. Maintain the flow

  • If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If your child does try to 'sound out' words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than 'alphabet names'.


    4. Be positive

  • If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don't say 'No. That's wrong,' but 'Let's read it together' and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child's confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement. Remember every child is an individual – try not to compare your child’s progress with other children or brothers and sisters.

    5. Success is the key

  • Parents anxious for a child to progress can mistakenly give a child a book that is too difficult. This can have the opposite effect to the one they are wanting. Remember 'Nothing succeeds like success'. Until your child has built up his or her confidence, it is better to keep to easier books. Struggling with a book with many unknown words is pointless. Flow is lost, text cannot be understood and children can easily become reluctant readers.

    6. Visit the Library

  • Encourage your child to use the public library regularly.

    7. Regular practice

  • Try to read with your child every day. Little and often is more beneficial than a long session once a week.

    8. Communicate

  • Your child has a reading record book. Try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns. Your child will then know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading.

    9. Talk about the books

  • There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.

    10. Variety is important

Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials e.g. picture books, story books, comics, magazines, poems, and information books.