Reading and Phonics

Reading is an important skill that all children should master before they leave primary school. At Grovelands we put a lot of emphasis on learning to read as it allows a child to access the rest of the curriculum and helps prepare them for future education and employment. We want all children to develop their reading strategies and understand what they have read as well as develop an enjoyment for reading.

Our aim is that:

Children should develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
Children should be able to confidently apply their phonetical understanding to support them to read.
Children should acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
Children should appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
Children should read and re-read books to ensure fluency.

In Key Stage One we use the following reading schemes:

Bug Club.
Oxford Reading Tree.
Big Cats.
Rigby Star.

We use the ‘Phonics Bug Scheme’ to teach children phonics in Early Years, Key Stage One and for some targeted pupils in Key Stage Two.

Parent Guide: How to Pronounce 42 Phonemes

Below is information to support your child with reading at home.

Helping your child with reading at home.

Parental comment ideas for your child’s reading record book.

Reading Progression.

Reading Strategies.

Guide to helping children read

How to use Bug Club at home

Connect with us

Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Executive Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Head of School: Miss Kathleen Swaine
  • School Business Manager: Mrs Helen Fingerneissl
  • School Secretary: Miss Carol Williams
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Michael Nix
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Deputy DSLs: Miss K Swaine, Ms C Adams, Miss N Squires, Miss S Coates, Mr R Williams
  • Inclusion Leader: Ms C Adams