The aim of our reading curriculum is to:

  • Equip children with the skills to become confident, fluent and engaged readers.
  • Enable children to become familiar with a wide range of texts, genres, authors.
  • Children learn to read so that they can read to learn and access the wider curriculum and apply these skills to the wider world.


  • We follow the National Curriculum and Early Years Development Matters.
  • We use guided reading and whole class reading, including interventions and personalised reading plans outlining support as necessary for individuals.
  • We use quality texts within English lessons and across the curriculum.
  • We have a reading spine of texts for each year group.


At Acomb we teach phonics using a systematic programme based on Letters and Sounds.   Children have daily lessons, beginning on their first day in Early Years.  Children read phonically regular texts matched to their current assessed phase in phonics.  Daily pre-teach and intervention sessions are used to prevent children from falling behind.

We are working to introduce Pearson Bug Club Phonics from September 2022.


2019 KS2 84% EXS+, 41% High Standard

2019 Phonics (Y1) 91%

2020 Phonics (Y2) 89%

2019 EYFS 84% GLD

Links to school values

Aspiration We aspire to be confident, fluent and engaged readers.
Independence We access a range of books independently, both in and out of school.
Communication We talk about books, recommend and review.
Community We encourage a culture of reading, involving the wider community (e.g. parents, libraries, volunteers).
Achievement We achieve high standards in reading at all stages
Opportunity We have frequent opportunities to access a wide range of texts, genres and authors throughout school.