At Lime Tree, we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme for clear progression of phonic skills. The progression from the end of Year 2 and in KS2 is linked directly with the ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ programme, using phonics strategies to break down words.

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go." Dr Seuss

At Lime Tree Primary School, reading is taught by:

To support children to read with accuracy and fluency, Lime Tree use the following scheme of books:

· Phonics Bug, including Alphablocks
· Oxford Reading Tree
· Collins Big Cat
· Jelly and Bean

The English team have carefully chosen the scheme of books to ensure a range of decodable text is provided.

Supporting reading at home

The following websites will provide ideas to help your child practice reading:

Website links


Reading in the EYFS

From the nursery onwards children are encouraged to read for pleasure through our shared book scheme. When children are blending sounds they are introduced to phonic reading books which support the sounds they are learning at school. Reading books are colour-coded and include a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. We aim that all children will meet or exceed the Early Learning Goal by the end of reception.

Early Learning Goal

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Reading at KS1

Children continue to progress through colour coded book bands as their ability to decode text and comprehension skills develop. In year 1 children consolidate their phonic knowledge by learning to read alternative pronunciations and spellings of sounds such as air in fairy, are in care, ear in bear.

Reading for meaning is encouraged in guided reading sessions which focus on specific aspects such as:

Reading at KS2

In Key Stage Two, children are expected to read a book matched to their reading ability, on a daily basis. Reading for pleasure is promoted with all children and a wide range of texts are provided to engage children’s interest. Key skills are developed to improve children’s reading comprehension including:


Children will also be expected to comment on the author’s use of language, giving reasons why particular words have been used and the effect they have.

E.g. The cat crept into the dark shadows , can suggest something different to the cat walked into the dark shadows.  

Even if your child can read fluently, it is vital they continue to read aloud to an adult. This can be a page from the book they are reading, a recipe or a newspaper article. Adults can support children by asking questions and encouraging your child to ask questions about what they are reading. Some key questions are shown below.

Questions to ask your child when reading – Key Stage 2

Before reading the book:

During the reading of the book:

 At the end of the book:


Please click on the below for the information from the Power of Reading Workshop:

Joining letter - power of Reading

Parent Workshop Powerpoint November 2019

Lime Tree Handwriting template