Reading and Phonics at HPS

Reading and Phonics

At Hornton Primary School phonics is used as the main approach for the teaching of early reading. We have a structured synthetic phonics programme in place based upon Read,Write Inc and Letters and Sounds. All children up to Year 2 receive a daily phonics session as well as older children that still need this. Teachers use termly assessments in order to group children according to their phonics needs across each Key Stage. Whilst children are taught to use phonics as their first approach to reading, they are also taught high frequency words which don't follow the phonics rules.

All of our early reading books are colour banded. Children choose their own reading books from the band which is the right reading level for them. These books include books from different genres and from a range of different series, including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Floppy Phonics and Read, Write, Inc.

Children are also encouraged to read for pleasure. Each classroom has a range of books that children are able to choose from and they also have the opportunity to use the school libraries to choose and take home books. There are seperate libraries for KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2. Our teachers also regularly read out loud to their class to give the children opportunity to hear and enjoy longer and more challenging texts.

Reading for Pleasure

Reading for pleasure means any reading that is primarily for enjoyment. It encompasses a wide range of genres and publications, and includes both fiction and non-fiction. For example, gardening or cookery books can be read as instructional texts in order to carry out specific tasks, but can also be read purely for pleasure. Similarly, fiction is often considered to be read for pleasure – but may also be read for academic study.

Reading for pleasure is no longer restricted to the printed word but increasingly includes online reading, whether on a website, or via an e-reader such as a Kindle.

Fiction: Novels, short stories, jokes, comics, poetry, lyrics, plays and scripts
Non-fiction: Reference books, newsletters, letters, emails, biographies, memoirs, newspapers, magazines, websites


Why read for pleasure?
Like anything else, reading is a skill that becomes better with practice. Reading for pleasure is critical for ensuring that the practice needed to become fluent becomes part of the learners’ everyday life, and is not just seen as a classroom-based activity.

There are a range of benefits gained from reading for pleasure:

  • it increases sense of achievement, confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness
  • it widens horizons
    you can do it anywhere
  • it develops relationships and promotes inclusion and empathy through sharing opinions and ideas
  • it prevents boredom and promotes relaxation.

Suggested Reading Lists

At HPS we spend a lot of time thinking about our favourite stories and authors. Our teachers have taken into account our favourite stories and authors from our own childhood, as well as the children's favourite stories and authors and have complied an extensive list for each phase of school. We are sure you'll agree there are some amazing stories in these lists.

Key Stage 1 suggested stories - this list is currently being update, a new version of the Key Stage 1 suggested stories list will be published soon

Year 3 and 4 suggested stories - this list is currently being update, a new version of the Year 3 and 4 suggested stories list will be published soon

Year 5 suggested stories - this list is currently being update, a new version of the Year 5 suggested stories list will be published soon

Year 6 suggested stories - this list is currently being update, a new version of the Year 6 suggested stories list will be published soon

Advanced Key Stage 2 suggested stories - this list is currently being update, a new version of the Advanced Key Stage 2 suggested stories list will be published soon