Reading and Phonics - Gray's Farm Primary Academy

Reading and Phonics

  • Reading is key for all children and will be set at least 3 times per week. This will include children listening to someone reading to them (whilst sometimes following the text on a screen). 
  • Accelerated Reader alongside MyOn is used as a tool to monitor engagement in KS2. We are able to set books based on the children’s ability and their interest level to ensure engagement. 
  • Children in KS1 and Reception have access to daily reading via Bug Club where the books are set on the child’s ability and are regularly checked by the teacher. Bug Club also provides an additional quiz/fun element to ensure comprehension skills are progressing.
  • A differentiated daily live phonics session is taught to those children in Reception and KS1 who will benefit from this.  Additional phonics videos (from Read Write Inc which are carefully pitched at the accurate level) are shared with children in Reception and Year 1 to support their learning even further.  
  • Reading will continue to be celebrated with a weekly Reading Assembly which will be shared with the children. Please see below to see some examples of our ‘Lock Down’ Reading assemblies.

    22nd January 2021

    8th February 2021

  • A range of engaging and age appropriate  texts are selected and read to the children every day by their class teacher


  • DEAR - Drop Everything And Read videos are created by the reading lead to encourage children to listen to a range of texts including short stories, chapter books and non-fiction text.  KS2 have been reading the classic text, ‘The Borrowers’. Examples of these can be seen below

KS1 Book 1

The Borrowers 1

Monkey Puzzle

The Borrowers 2

You Choose

There's a dragon in your book


The Borrowers 3

The Dinosaur Department Store

The wolf who wouldn't wash


Open very carefully | A book with bite!