The subject of English includes Reading and Writing.


Our Intent

At Combe CE Primary School, we want all pupils to be readers who have:

  • Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
  • Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
  • Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
  • An excellent comprehension of texts.
  • The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
  • Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.


We use ‘Essential Letters and Sounds’ as our systematic synthetic approach to teaching phonics.

Essential Letters and Sounds was created to ensure every child can read well, quickly.

Reading Scheme

We use the Essential Letters and Sounds linked reading schemes, published by Oxford University Press, as our core reading scheme in EYFS and Year 1 and 2. The schemes include:

Children share a book with an adult at school and are encouraged to read this at home too (see homework policy). Parents and Carers can record progress in a Reading Diary which is also used by members of staff. In this way, an overall picture of a child’s reading skills can be recorded.

The books are carefully selected to build on prior learning and practise taught GPCs.

By KS2, most children move onto a range of fiction and non-fiction texts with varying degrees of challenge dependent on the reading ability of the child. Each term, we purchase newly published books, to ensure our selection remains up-to-date and appealing.

Reading lessons

In EYFS children read with their teachers individually.

In Year 1 and 2, children read with their teachers individually or in small groups.

In Year 3 and 4 and Year 5 and 6, we use the whole class ‘Love to Read’ scheme to develop reading comprehension skills.

In Year 3 and 4, the books include:

  • Stig of the Dump, Clive King
  • The Family from One End Street, Eve Garnett
  • The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks
  • Thieves of Ostia, Caroline Lawrence
  • The Firework Maker’s Daughter, Philip Pullman
  • Greek Myths for Young Children, Heather Amery
  • The Iron Man, Ted Hughes
  • I Was There 1066, Jim Eldridge

In Year 5 and 6, the books include:

  • Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
  • Pig Heart Boy, Malorie Blackman
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden, Philippa Pearce
  • Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
  • Treason, Berlie Doherty
  • Holes, Louis Sachar
  • Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
  • Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken
  • Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea, Michael Morpurgo
  • The Phoenix Code, Helen Moss
  • Sky Hawk, Gill Lewis