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Our Reading lead is Mrs Guyton. If you have any questions about Reading, please contact her via the school office. 

Reading Intent

At the Flourish Federation it is our firm belief that every child will become a  successful reader. To this end we provide our children with access to a wide variety of carefully levelled reading texts, both fiction and non-fiction, with differing genres, writing styles and layouts. Our intention is not to have children bark through a set reading scheme – we enable them to make choices about the texts they enjoy in order to engage them in the reading process.


Reading is at the heart of the School Learning Environment with our Award winning ‘RED TED’ – ‘Read Every Day, Talk Every Day’ Home Reading Incentive and Reward Scheme which nurtures a close home /school bond and a love of reading. Families understand that it is our expectation that children will read with a parent most nights, but at least 3 times a week. Every child has a Home-School Reading Record book which goes home nightly with their current reading book. This provides a ‘reading conversation’ between the school and parents with specific reading prompts and praise provided which builds the self-extended reading system a child needs to progress onto more challenging texts. 


Reading opportunities in school are as follows:


  • Daily whole class phonics sessions 
  • 3x per week group reading on a book carefully matched to children's phonic knowledge
  • Group Keep-up Class Teacher led sessions for target children
  • 1:1 TA led sessions for target children
  • A daily story read to the whole class, often from our school Reading Spine. This enables children to hear how a book should be read and gives them a chance to either join in with known elements or just sit back and enjoy!
  • Talk for Writing to promote reading skills providing children with a pictorial text that they translate to a rich written text that they are encouraged to re-read to secure, correct and enhance.

Once children finish the Little Wandle phonic programme, they moved to book banded books, matched to their reading ability. 


Colour bandReading Recovery LevelPhonic Phase ApproxYr RYr 1 Yr 2Level
Pink1,2Phase 2    
Red3,4,5Phase 3    
Yellow6,7,8Phase 3/4   1 emerging low
Blue9,10,11Phase 4/5   1 emerging high
Green12,13,14Phase 5   year 1 expected low
Orange15,16Phase 5/6   year 1 expected high
Turquoise17,18Phase 5/6   year 2 emerging low
Purple19,20Phase 6   year 2 emerging high/ year 1 exceeding
Gold21,22Phase 6   year 2 expected low
White23,24    year 2 expected high
Lime     year 2 exceeding




Open the PDF document below for lots of tips on how to start your child off on a really successful Reading Journey! 

Successful Home Reading

Click link to Gallery below to enjoy a bedtime story read by Mrs Guyton!