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Reading @ CPS

Key Stage 1 Phonics Program

At Curdridge Primary School we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phased phonic programme and supplement a ‘synthetic phonics’ approach with a range of resources to suit all learners’ needs.


We teach the phonic sounds through Cued Articulation. 

Reading Schemes

At Curdridge Primary School we use ‘Book Banding’ to support the early stages of reading as we believe this enables us to offer a rich and varied experience of successful reading. Each book band has its own colour and ranges from Lilac through to Gold (more information can be found at

Book Bands/Phonic Phase Progression Map

Helping children develop a love of reading 

We want to develop children's love of reading and reading for enjoyment. Using stories and talking about books is crucial to helping build pupils' imagination, vocabulary and love of reading. 


Ideas to help your child become a reader include:

  • Reading to them
  • Keeping books in the house 
  • Setting aside time daily for children to read and talk about what they have read
  • Parents modelling good reading habits 
  • Finding books/authors that engage your child (both fiction and non-fiction)
  • Looking for different reading opportunities e.g. comics, recipes, shopping lists, newspapers, signs around the local community, recipes, instructions for games etc. 


Reading with your child and helping him/her with writing and spelling can help boost their achievement. Reading is fundamental to your child’s progress and is the most important way that parents can help their child. This is true right up to the end of Year 6 and beyond. We ask that you make sure your child has regular reading practice and check that s/he understands what s/he reads. 


  • Visit the local library – it’s free to join. As well as story books, libraries lend a range of up-to-date non-fiction books and books on tape.
  • Don’t just read books. Encourage your child to read newspapers, TV guides, comics and magazines. Ask your child to find out information from the Yellow Pages, cookery books etc.       


You can also access library books from our ePlatform. Every child in school has their own login and password. On the platform there are 4,967 free books to choose from ranging from 0 years to teens. 


Our Mobile Apps (IOS, Android, Windows)
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Significant Authors at KS2 - as recommended by the School Library Service

Early Reading expectations in YR

Literacy development: involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials e.g. books, stories, classrooms signs, name plates, names of numbers, names of sounds to support phonics and other materials to ignite their interest.

Reading: we want children to read and understand simple sentences. We encourage them to use their phonics knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. We want them to read some common irregular words to demonstrate an understanding when talking with others about what they have read. 


Awards we have achieved so far.

School Awards

Ofsted. Good provider