Reading and Phonics

We use Bug Club and Phonics Bug to support the teaching of Phonics and Reading.

This includes home access. Please see your child's Class Teacher for access details.

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Academy approach to reading:

At Estcourt Primary Academy we believe that as well as bringing enjoyment and advancing learning, reading is an essential skill for leading a happy, healthy and full life.

From Year 1 every day the children complete a guided reading activity which follows a cycle.

  1. A pre activity

  2. A guided session with the teacher

  3. A post activity

  4. Phonics or spelling

  5. Comprehension


    The text the children work on in class is meant to challenge the reading skills and is pitched the level above the one they are working on. Children also complete guided reading and one to one reading sessions within our Foundation Stage to develop phonic skills and good reading behaviours.


    Within the Foundation stage and Key stage 1 the pupils also receive daily phonics sessions in addition to the guided reading. The children are taught this in ability sets, with key words sent home for the children to practice.


    Details of reading schemes:

  • A book band is a level that can accurately span across different book schemes and is also used to select the books for Guided Reading. It takes into account the child’s phonic and comprehension skills.

  • To develop their comprehension skills, the children take home a book which is ‘at their level’ or ‘book band’.  We currently use the Oxford Reading Tree, Bug Club and Navigator book schemes. The children are expected to set themselves 1 comprehension question a week based on their reading book, which is marked weekly by the class teacher. Pupil’s reading books are changed as regularly as a required.

In school, children have guided reading everyday and currently read Bug Club books in KS2, Collins Big Cat in KS1 and Bug Club in Foundation Stage. The children are expected to complete activities set from these books as well as reading online books from Bug Club.


As part of the children’s guided reading session they are asked multiple questions about the book they have read. These are taken from the new reading descriptors from the new reading curriculum. Below are examples of each type of question starter you could use to help start questions to ask your child at home.

KS1 question key ring                                                            KS2 question key ring


Reading Stars:

  • Reading stars is a 1:1 daily reading intervention.

  • It targets children’s comprehension, spelling, phonics and writing skills.

  • Children learn how to think for themselves as a reader, writer and learner.

They learn to how to use phonics and comprehension as tools in the service of reading for meaning and pleasure and they progress to use these skills independently.

Reading Café

On a weekly basis, parents with children in years 1-3 join us for our Reading Cafe, which consists of a starter, main course and dessert. The children complete a variety of activities in the 20minutes before lessons start. This gives children the opportunity to read a book with their parents and engage in activities of their choice as well as develop a passion for reading.


Bug Club


Children have access to Bug Club online so that they are having the enjoyment of reading both at school and at home.

Speed Reading