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Reading At Sandford Hill

At Sandford Hill Primary School, we want our children to develop a love of books so that reading is a pleasurable activity.  We provide many opportunities for the children to read a varied selection of texts whilst gaining an increased level of fluency and understanding. We also teach the children how to use reading as a means of gathering information to support their learning throughout the entire curriculum.

From our Early Years Foundation Stage, the children  are taught to read using a systematic, phonic programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’. At the end of Year 1, the children take a statutory test of their phonic ability.

Further information about Reading / Phonics is available by clicking on the links below:


Phonics In

Year 1


Hearing Your

Child Read



Phonics continues to be taught in Year 2 and in Key Stage 2 to identified children.

Independent Reading

Children from Year 1 to Year 6 , complete the PIRA reading test at the beginning of each term. This test determines a reading age for each child. Progress is tracked and reading books closely matched to each child’s reading ability. Within every class there is a ‘Reading Race’ incentive which encourages children to read at home at least four times a week. The percentage of the children who read four times a week is displayed in the hall and weekly percentages are shared with parents on the weekly newsletter.

All pupils have an independent reading book which they take home. In addition to this pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 take home a phonic book matched to their phonic ability. The reading scheme used up to Year 4 is The Oxford Reading Tree.

In Year 5 and Year 6 progress in reading  is also tracked using Accelerated Reader. The children’s reading ability is baselined with a 'Star Reader' test and then the children select books which are closely matched to their reading ability. After reading each book, the children complete an online comprehension which tracks progress and accumulates a word count for each child.

At school children from Reception – Year 3 share a book with an adult at least three times a week. Children in Year 4 – Year 6 (depending on reading ability) share/discuss a book with an adult at least once a week. 








Sandford Hill Primary School
Clayfield Grove
Stoke on Trent

Tel: 01782 235511
Tel: 01782 235518

Headteacher: Mr D Wardle

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