St Peters Catholic Primary School

St Peters Catholic Primary School

Reading Programme



We use  the consistent, rigorous and dynamic phonics Read, Write, Inc programme to teach phonics. Our aim is to teach EVERY child at St Peter’s to read by the age of six. Using synthetic phonics, children quickly learn to blend letters sounds together following a fun and effective programme.


The school programme has been proven to be a very successful method of teaching. Evidence of this can be found on the school achievement page, Reading by six : how the best schools do it.

At the end of year 1 all children will sit a phonics screening test. You can access some sample papers at the links below:


At St Peter's we use the series of 'Oxford Reading Tree' books to support reading. Biff, Chip and Kipper are loved by millions of children and are frequently ranked in the top ten of children's favourite characters.

Created by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta, these stories are guaranteed to hook your children into reading as they follow Biff, Chip and Kipper on their magical adventures. Not only that, they are perfectly matched to the new National Curriculum too!


  • Packed full of humour, drama, detailed illustrations and endearing characters to motivate every child
  • Perfect for the new National Curriculum
  • Carefully levelled to make sure every child makes real progress with their reading
  • Packed full of support, including revised notes to help with reading at home

Take a look for yourself at these links...

Once our children are confident with ORT characters and are able to sound and blend cvc words and recognise some high frequency words, they are moved onto coloured book banding books. This is to allow us to intersperse our main reading scheme with other schemes for breadth and variety.

These are banded using the Book Band System.

Children are routinely book band tested each half term or before, if appropriate, to ensure that they are reading at the correct level. Book band tests look at decoding skills and comprehension skills and allow the teacher to assess what strategies the children are applying independently. 


Here you can find the English Overviews for every year group. This shows you the end of year english expectations, including reading, writing and spelling. It also includes grammar and punctuation for year 5 and 6 in line with the new National Curriculum.