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We want ALL our children to leave Crowcroft Park in Year 6 able to read confidently and fluently and most of all we want our children to LOVE reading.

It is very important that all the children have opportunities to read every day - this can be in the form of comics, newspapers, e-books, fiction, non fiction. Make sure as a family you put time aside each day to have a quiet time when everyone reads something.  Reading opens many doors for people it allows us to  experience things that may only exist in our dreams.

All our children have a reading day when they share their books with a member of staff.  Please send in your child’s reading book every day.

Make a difference to your child and encourage them to read!

At Crowcroft Park we use a variety of  reading schemes including:  

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Rigby Star
  • PM Library
  • PM Starters
  • Other reading schemes

The Phonics scheme we currently use is:

  • Letters and Sounds

Book bands and Corresponding Phonics Phases

Year Group

Book Band

Phonics Phase

Reading Recovery Level

EYFS – Learning how books work


Phase 1

 RR  1-2

EYFS – Attending to print


Phase 1/2

RR  2



Phase  2/3

RR  3, 4, 5

EYFS / Year 1


Phase 3-4

RR 6, 7, 8

Year 1


Phase 4

RR 9, 10, 11

Year 1


Phase 5

RR 12, 13, 14

Year 1


Phase 5/6

RR 15, 16

Year 1


Phase 5/6

RR 17, 18

Year 1/ 2


Phase 5/6

RR 19, 20

Supporting your child with their reading

At Crowcroft Park we believe that all the children from Nursery to Year 6 need to have an adult who is supporting them with their reading.

As your child develops into a successful and fluent reader the support you need to give will change but you still have a vital role to play.

Starting the journey

As soon as babies are born as adults we talk to them and engage them with things in their surroundings. Babies can have board books or bath books to try and engage them with books from the very beginning. Of course reading TO your child is crucial to develop their experiences, vocabulary and listening and attention skills.

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Help your child begin to see print around them e.g. the shop signs, labels on food packages you can help your child’s awareness of the print by modelling reading to your child- show them how to turn the pages, track the print with your fingers and most of all talk to your child about the books they are looking at with you.

In reception (or before if your child is able to) the children start to learn simple high frequency words and the sounds the letters make. Speak to your child’s class teacher about which words they are learning and which sounds

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Children always need to understand (comprehend) what they are reading – talk to your child about what has happened in the story – ask questions Who? Where?  When? What?  Why? to check they are following the story.

Encourage your child to say when they don’t understand something – help them work out the meanings of unfamiliar words

Listen to your child carefully are they reading accurately? If they make a mistake what do, they do?

Always share books with your child in a quiet space so they can concentrate and the focus is just on supporting them

Ask your child to tell you about what they are reading – show that you are interested and show them how much you value reading

Please come in and talk to your child's class teacher or alternatively come and see me. 


Mrs Mottram

Research shows that reading for pleasure is more important to children’s successes than education or social class. At Crowcroft Park we believe everything changes when we encourage the children to read for pleasure through our curriculum and through a variety of different initiatives each year.

Encouraging the children to read for pleasure from the beginning of their school journey helps to develop a lifelong reading habit. At Crowcroft Park we are committed to developing a love of reading, so;

  • Every class in the school have opportunities to listen regularly to a high quality read aloud session.  The adults promote a love of books and introduce different authors, themes and vocabulary to the children.
  • We run different reading groups over the year - we want children to take part in discussions around different books, to experience what it feels like to belong to a group that loves reading. The book groups are held in the school day or after school and are always popular and well attended. To find out about your child attending one of our book groups please see Mrs Mottram and to find out more about book clubs in general visit this site https://readinggroups.org/
  • We have a well-stocked school library which the children can access before school starts and during the school day. Parents and carers are invited twice a week to the after school session to read with their children in the library.
  • When you walk through the door at Crowcroft Park, you immediately know that reading is very important -  there are reading hubs around the school including well stocked book corners in each classroom.  All the children are encouraged to take home books every day to read at home with their family.
  • We have close links with our local libraries and ensure that all the children from Nursery to Year 6 are members of the local library. Trips to local libraries are organised every year for different year groups to ensure that the children and parents are aware of the different libraries they can visit  Initiatives such as the Summer Reading Challence are promoted each year and the number of children taking part is increasing.
  • Each class promotes a different author each term - these are carefully selected so that the children experience a wide variety of genres during their Crowcroft Park journey.
  • Staff in the school talk to the children about their own reading habits and share titles of books they are currently reading as well as discussing their favourite books as children

Children’s Laureate

The role of Children’s Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field …. please click on the link below for more information.



We encourage the children to read a variety of genres and select books by different authors.  Click on the link below these authors and poets to find out more information.



Roald Dhal

Julia Donaldson

David Walliams

Geraldine McCaughrean

Giles Andreae

Malorie Blackman

Narinder Dhami

Anthony Horowitz

Anne Fine

Jacqueline Woodson

Matt Goodfellow

Please click on the links below for more information about reading:

The Reading Agency

Alphablocks – Cbeebies



Library Opening Times

The library is open every morning before school, and twice a week after school.

The library is open at lunchtime every day for the children to change books or sit and read with their friends.




How we teach reading at Crowcroft Park.

From Year 1 – Year 6 every class starts the day by reading, this first ten minutes of the day is spent sharing books, with an adult, reading silently, or discussing books with a friend. The staff listen to some children read their reading books and talk to children about their reading logs and what they have been reading at home.  In our reception class a member of staff changes books with the children and parents every morning – this gives the parent an opportunity to talk to the member of staff about their child’s reading and allows the member of teaching staff to model or suggest different ways to help the child.

From 9.00am  Year 1 - Year 6 start their ‘Guided Reading’ lesson – in some classes the teacher and the teaching assistant work with a group of 6 children each using a text at their reading level. Each lesson will teach a specific objective that the teacher has chosen. The children’s understanding is checked through questioning and new vocabulary is introduced and discussed. The children are encouraged to ask their own questions and predict what is going to happen throughout the lesson.

Some classes work with much larger groups of children and use extracts from books, newspapers etc. as well as the resources from Cracking Comprehension. The teacher uses a variety of strategies in these lessons including reading the text aloud to the children, echo reading, discussion around key vocabulary, and then focuses on teaching a specific objective.

The children in our reception class all have at least one guided reading session a week and the children in our nursery are introduced to guided reading sessions in the Summer term. 

Teaching reading through other subject areas

Staff ensure that there are opportunities to teach reading throughout the day through other subject areas through, revisiting and reinforcing reading skills.  In writing, discussions take place about why authors have chosen particular words and phrases and the impact it has on the story.  Books are used in other subject areas to introduce topics, for independent research, to generate enthusiasm and to promote reading for pleasure. 

Read aloud sessions

The read aloud sessions are very important in every class - the staff take opportunities to introduce new places, experiences and vocabulary in a fun and informative way.  The staff at Crowcroft Park enjoy reading books aloud and the children respond to the interactive and enthusiastic way they are shared.  Reading books aloud can help children develop key literacy skills and help them develop a love of reading for life.


Phonics is all about sounds.  There are 44 sounds in the English language, which we put together to form words.  Some sounds are represented by 1 letter, like 't' and some by two or more, like 'ck' in duck.  Children are taught these sounds and how to match them to letters.

Phonics is the building blocks of reading and writing and equips children with the skills needed to become independent readers and writers.

Crowcroft Park has a structured approach to the teaching of phonics which begins on entry to the Nursery and continues throughout the school.  There are two elements of teaching phonics, segmenting which supports writing, and blending which supports reading.  Throughout the teaching of phonics, children are also introduced to tricky words.  These include the words 'to', 'was', 'said', and 'the' - you can really break the sounds down for such words so it's better to just 'recognise' them.

We use the phonics scheme 'Letters and Sounds' and the children from Nursery to Year 2 have a daily phonics lesson which is fun and interactive.  The children learn the sounds the different letters make and then have the opportunities to apply this knowledge in reading and writing activities.  Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning.  Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words.  They are also taught to read and spell 'tricky words' - words with spellings that are unusual.

Phase 1: (This starts in the Nursery but runs alongside all the other phases within KS1) is absolutely vital.  It is the one phase that shouldn't come to an end.  During this phase especially, plan activities that will help children to listen attentively to sounds around them.  We teach a wide range of nursery rhymes and songs and read high quality story books to and with the children.  The children learn to identify rhyme and alliteration and learn different sounds they can make using their voices.

This phase is split into 7 aspects that are explored and developed through games.

Aspect 1 - Environmental Sounds

Aspect 2 - Instrumental Sounds

Aspect 3 - Body Percussion

Aspect 4 - Rhythm and Rhyme

Aspect 5 - Alliteration

Aspect 6 - Voice Sounds

Aspect 7 - Oral Segmenting and Blending


Phase 2 Overview


The children are taught to hear and say the sound of each letter and then blend these together to read simple words.  The children listen carefully for the sounds in words so they can segment the sounds and write the words too.


Week Sounds Tricky words (reading)
1 s, a, t, p  
2 l, n, m, d  
3 g, o, c, k  
4 ck, e, u, r to, the
h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss no, go, I
6 Phase 2 recap











Phase 3 Overview


By the time they reach Phase 3, children will already be able to blend and segment words containing the 19 letters taught in Phase 2.


Phase 3 lasts 12 weeks and twenty-five new graphemes are introduced (one at a time)

Set 6: j, v, w, x

Set 7: y, z, zz, qu

Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng

Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er


Phase 3 Tricky words - we, me, be, was, my, you, they, her, all, are


Phase 4 Overview


Week sounds Tricky words
1 Final Consonant Blends said, so
2 Initial Consonant Blends have, like, come, some
3 Consonant Blends were, there, little, one
4 Consonant Blends do, when, out, what


Phase 5 Overview


Children will be taught new graphemes and alternative pronunciations for these graphemes and graphemes they already know. They will begin to learn to choose the appropriate grapheme when spelling.  The children will be automatically decoding a large number of words for reading by this point.


Phase 5 tricky words - their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, oh, called, water, work, any, asked, where, mouse,                                            eyes, who, many, friends, once, laughed, because, different, again, thought, though,                                        please. 



To hear how to say the sounds click on one of the links below:



Please click on the links below to find out more about how we teach reading:


Letters and sounds

Reading Recovery


At Crowcroft Park we want our children to develop a love of books and we make sure our environment reflects this.

We have developed opportunities to read in lots of different places around the school to encourage children to read when they have the chance.

Our classrooms reflect the importance all our staff place on children becoming successful readers.  At Crowcroft Park you are never far away from a book!


How you can help

Help your child to learn and spell to read the key words automatically – play snap, memory games, make stepping stones, find the tricky parts in each word to help your child remember how to spell it.

Make learning the words FUN!

Make time EVERY SINGLE DAY for reading!

Help your child learn the sounds the different letters make – ask your child’s class teacher which phonics phase they are working on.

Join the local library

Visit our school library EVERY week!

Encourage your child to read for pleasure by sharing books with them, modelling your love of reading and by making a quite space in your house where everyone can read together.


Please click on the links below for more information about reading:

Oxford Owl

Top tips for helping struggling readers at home

Parents and Families

Mr Thorne

Reading - How you can help









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