A child’s reading experience is vital to their imaginations growing and developing a positive growth mindset for life.


Reading is much more than the books which come home from school, it is in everything we do!

Therefore we encourage reading throughout our school day and curriculum here at Longtown.

We celebrate books about difference and delve into a range of authors throughout children’s journey with us. Different genres are covered in English lessons and children are constantly practising their reading skills across all subjects.

Our latest initiative is working wonders for the children’s progression and enjoyment of reading. If children read daily at home, they are rewarded with a raffle ticket. Each class draws their raffle on a Friday where one child wins a prize. All children who read five times a week are placed on our flourishing reading display in the hall which is blossoming with gold leaves.


Reading starts in nursery where children are given picture books. This allows the children to understand how to hold a book, understand its title and they can discuss the pictures with family members. As the children’s phonics fluency greatens the children are given simple CVC books they can decode. Once children are confident with most phonemes and digraphs the children then begin our Oxford Reading Tree scheme. This ORT scheme goes from stage 1 to stage 11 and then the children assess the books on Accelerated Reader. We have a vast range of books for the children to read in order to encourage their love for reading.



Phonics is the beginning of children’s body of knowledge, skills and understanding and the foundations of enabling a child to develop the essential life skills of reading and writing. At Longtown , we aim to teach high quality phonics to ensure that every child has the best start possible in reading and writing, to enable them to become confident, independent, all round learners.

We follow the Letters and Sounds Document, using phonics play and a multi sensory approach. Children from Nursery to Year 2 are streamed according to ability. It is taught discretely and daily at a brisk pace following a review, teach, practice and apply cycle. Phonics is continuously assessed through children’s application and development of phonic knowledge. Children’s progress is monitored half termly to inform subsequent planning and next steps.

Useful Website:

Phonics Play– https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/