Our Curriculum

Reading

Phonics

Children at Horsford Primary School learn phonics through Letters and Sounds.

They typically learn:

Phase One, Two, Three and Four in Reception

Phase Five in Year One

Phase Six in Year Two

You can access a copy of Letters and Sounds here.

Reading

The importance of reading:

Reading regularly is important and matters. As stated in recent Department of Education guidance, ‘The Reading Framework: July 2021’, ‘reading matters emotionally, culturally and educationally’ and ‘it matters to everyone’. At Horsford, reading is the centre of school life. From the teaching of phonics and whole class guided reading; to welcoming book corners and libraries; to daily story times and the introduction of reading buddies and reading champions; the children have access to good quality reading experiences, multiple times a day.

Reading regularly, reading for pleasure and reading at home:

As also stated in the recent reading framework, ‘children who enjoy reading and who are good at reading will do more of it’. Children who read and are read to regularly will have their vocabulary expanded and will learn more both academically, emotionally and socially. At Horsford, the children are encouraged to explore a variety of different texts including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and rhyme, to help support and develop a love of reading. The children also read and are read to on a daily basis.

Top 100 recommended reads for Reception

Top 100 recommended reads for Year 1

Top 100 recommended reads for Year 2

Top 100 recommended reads for Year 3

Top 100 recommended reads for Year 4

Top 100 recommended reads for Year 5

Top 100 recommended reads for Year 6