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Our Phonics and Reading Schemes

At Cronton, reading is a priority and encouraging and ensuring a love of reading is at the core of everything. We believe:

  • All pupils deserve a rich curriculum which encourages extensive reading of whole books and other types of text and poetry. Reading is a core part of every pupil’s educational entitlement, whatever their background or attainment, because extensive reading and exposure to a broad range of texts contribute widely to each pupil’s educational achievement.
  • All pupils should be confident, competent readers, appropriate to age related expectations, and be able to access a range of reading strategies.
  • All pupils have the opportunity to develop their spoken and written vocabulary, across the curriculum through exposure to quality texts.

Our Phonics Scheme

Currently the school follows Letters and Sounds.  This is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.


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Our Reading Schemes

 From Reception and through Key Stage One we use predominantly phonetic decodable reading books that enable the children to read as independently as possible. These phonetic reading Schemes are predominantly Ransom Reading Stars, Rocket Phonics and Dandelion Launchers. Once they are reading at a fluent level and have a significant range of phoneme/grapheme correspondences and sight vocabulary we move to using other reading schemes alongside these. These schemes include Oxford Reading Tree,  Alphakids, Collins Big Cats and PM Readers.  These schemes give the children the opportunity to read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books that help them to develop their fluency, phonic skills and comprehension skills.  They are colour banded in the following way according to level of difficulty: light pink, dark pink, red, yellow, blue, green, orange, turquoise, purple, gold, white and lime.  When reading with your child please note that we use these bands when working through the scheme, not the original printed level number.


Children in KS2 follow the Accelerated Reader programme.  This is a computerized program that tests reading comprehension. The children select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer.  Attached is a parental guide to Accelerated Reading.  Please note the children can only access the computer programme from school computers.  Some children in Year 2 are ready to start the Accelerate Reader programme near the end of the year.

Reading for Pleasure

Each class has their own class library

Each class has a time-tabled visit to the school library each week. 

 There are two library sheds in the playground for used during break and lunch time.