Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.

We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

For information about our systematic synthetic phonics programme please click here.

In our EYFS class and in Year 1, we use Talk Through Stories which is designed to extend and deepen children’s vocabulary so that they can understand the books they will soon be able to read for themselves. It also exposes all the children to carefully selected, engaging story books that the children really enjoy.

Once children have progressed from reading Read, Write Inc. fully decodable books, they move on to colour book bands. These book bands take pupils all the way to Year 6 in manageable steps, guiding them to books with an appropriate level of challenge.

At Holt, we strongly believe that for children to enjoy reading, they need to have access to up-to-date, quality, award-winning books. Therefore, the texts in our book bands are ‘real’ books, that have been hand-picked and levelled to guide our readers not restrict them.

When children choose their ‘coloured’ book, they are also encouraged to explore any of the books in our library or class book corners. They may take these home to enjoy sharing with a member of their family.

If you are looking for some reading inspiration for your child, then have a look at the following links which have excellent book lists for each year group: