Reading and Phonics Schemes

In Foundation stage and key stage 1 we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme.

For reading, we use the Rigby Star reading scheme and the Collins Big Cats.  We also use a range of whole class texts in key stage 2 to enhance our reading.

Accelerated Reader

In order to support our focus on reading, we researched a number of reading programs that would help develop a culture of ‘reading for pleasure’, as well as allowing staff, parents and pupils to monitor progress and attainment. Accelerated Reader allows South Street to achieve this.

Children using Accelerated Reader choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers help your child choose books at an
appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success. If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher may help your child:
• Choose another book that is more appropriate.
• Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before your child takes a quiz.
• Pair your child with another pupil, or even have the book read to your child.
In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

How you can help

If you wish to help your child select a reading book then visit and click on Advanced Search. By conducting an advanced search, you can generate book lists that contain titles based on the criteria you enter such as book level, topic, interest level, fiction/nonfiction, etc. This is a great idea when looking for presents.



World Book Day 2018

Miss Parkin’s group did an activity linked to her favourite book ‘The Nowhere Emporium’.  This is a magical book about a strange shop which appears from nowhere!  The shop is not what it seems…people who enter it can never remember what they saw inside!  When the shop first opens there is a magical firework display, the children have created their own firework display using oil pastels.
Mr Iley’s group talked about all of the different books that the children enjoy reading… and there were a lot!

We then designed our own front covers for our favourite books. Can you spot your favourite below?


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