'The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go.' Dr Seuss


At Markland Hill, daily phonics sessions take place throughout EYFS and KS1 following the "Letters and Sounds" synthetic phonics programme. Once children have a secure understanding of phonics and are applying the skills learnt in their independent reading and writing they then take part in a daily Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation session (SPAG).

Find out more about Letters and Sounds by clicking here: 

How to help your child with phonics:

More practical ideas including videos to support your child's learning:


Each child, from Reception to Year Six, will bring a reading book home on a daily basis. It is essential to your child's reading development that you support your child by hearing them read and signing their home/school reading record daily throughout their school career. 

In EYFS and KS1, children will choose from a wide range of home reading books using the schemes: Phonics Bug, Bug Club, Rigby Rocket, Rigby Star and Oxford Reading Tree.

At KS2, your child will progress through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. When they have a secure comprehension of what they have read and are fluent readers, they will be encouraged to choose (in conjunction with the teacher) from a wide selection of books in our new school library, as part of our enrichment for 'free readers.' 


Presentation from our Parents Meeting - EYFS and KS1 reading

KS2 Reading presentation November 2016

Home Reading

  • We expect our children to bring their reading diaries and books into school every day.
  • Please sign and comment in your child's reading diary when they have completed a book.
  • We encourage children to change reading books at least once a week.
  • Teachers and support staff listen to children read at least once a week through guided reading/ independent reading sessions.

Reading Areas

Check out our enticing reading areas below:

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