'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 daily and signing their home/school reading record at least three times a week 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 and have access to range of exciting fiction and non-fiction books from our brand new school library . When they have a secure comprehension of what they have read and are fluent readers, they will be encouraged to choose (in conjunction with their teacher) from our selection of 'Must Reads' and/or from a wide selection of books in our new school library, as part of our enrichment for 'free readers.' Our 'Must Reads' are an extensive and wide variety of texts that we believe children should endeavour to read before they leave primary school. 

Our Markland Hill personalised home reading diaries will enable you to support your child with questioning, practising phonemes and spellings in KS1 and the recording of vocabulary, phrases and similes in KS2. 

Quality texts by year group to support your child reading for pleasure: 





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Reading Newsletter 1 Spring 2019