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Keyworth Primary
& Nursery School

Reading and phonics

Reading at Keyworth Primary and Nursery School

At Keyworth Primary and Nursery school, we want all children to develop a love of reading. We encourage them to enjoy stories and poems and give them opportunities to read for themselves both at school and at home.

At school they are encouraged to read every day. This can be in the following ways:

  • in guided reading in small groups with their teacher
  • in shared reading, as a whole class
  • with reading buddies
  • with reading volunteers.

You can help at home by:

  • Reading stories to them every day.
  • Listening to them read their own reading books every day. Just 10 minutes every day will really help their progress! A little and often is ideal when they are just beginning to read.

How our books are organised

Our books are sorted into ‘colour bands’ and the children move up the bands as their reading improves. Further up the school they will become ‘free readers’. Stickers in their Home-School Books explain:

  • What the objectives are for each colour band
  • Things that will help
  • Things that are not helpful

You can find further information about the book bands in the attachment below.

Please ask a member of staff if you want to know more about this.

Practising Reading

The more children practise their reading, the better they will get. Their books will be regularly changed at school, when children are in Foundation and Key Stage One, and then children will begin to take responsibility for changing books themselves as they progress through Key Stage Two.

Do remember that it is very good for them to re-read familiar books as this gives them the chance to improve their fluency as well a making them feel confident. So, if they bring home a book that they have read before, enjoy hearing them read it with confidence!

Reading Awards

At KPNS we encourage the children to read at home by asking them to work towards reading awards. Information about our awards for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two can be found below, in the attachment section. 


All of the children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One have daily phonics sessions and some children in Key Stage Two may take part in these sessions if they need to become more secure in their understanding of phonics.

The children learn the sounds that letters and groups of letters make and how to put them together to read and write words. We use ‘Letters and Sounds” to teach our children, and are currently introducing resources from RWI to complement existing resources and teaching.

Take a look at this link to help with learning at home:

Reading Recovery

At KPNS we want all children to love reading and we aim to make every child a reader. As part of this we carefully monitor children who are in the early stages of reading and provide support in the form of daily individual lessons for children who need a little extra help with their reading and writing.