Fonthill Primary Academy

  1. Curriculum
  2. Reading


Children at Fonthill are inspired to read widely for pleasure and information. They become confident readers who are able to understand, interpret and evaluate written information in a variety of forms. They are motivated to succeed and see themselves as successful readers who take pride in their achievements.

In line with the Fonthill READS curriculum, reading is taught through:

Remember— Children are taught the phonemes (sounds) that make up words and how these are recorded as graphemes using letters. They become fluent in reading high frequency words and using their phonic skills to decode increasingly complex words, sentences and texts.  Phonics is taught through Letters and Sounds.

Explain—Children explain their understanding of texts through a range of questions designed to develop literal and inferential comprehension.  

Apply— Children have opportunities to read and interpret a wide range of texts.  They take home books from our reading scheme, which is based on books from Oxford University Press and other publishers, organised by coloured reading bands.  These books include fully-decodable texts for children to apply their phonic skills as well as other books that promote richer reading.  Reading lessons in class include opportunities for all children to read aloud and develop fluency, through echo, choral and paired reading.

Develop— Over time, children develop their phonic, comprehension and evaluative skills so that they are confident readers who enjoy reading and are successful.   Reading is taught through whole-class lessons drawing upon a range of resources, including reciprocal reading strategies and The Literacy Shed resources.  

Share— We have partnerships with Airbus, RSVP, Schoolreaders and UWE, who provide opportunities for children to read to volunteers from the local community.  Successes in reading are shared with parents in weekly celebration assemblies and within our Fonthill 101.