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Reading at Foxhill

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— DR Seuss 

At Foxhill Primary school, we believe that the ability to read confidently, fluently and with understanding is an essential life skill, which will not only empower the individual to make sense of his or her world, but will also grant access to a vast realm of experience and knowledge that would otherwise remain out of reach.  It is our mission to ensure every child develops an enjoyment of reading and can employ a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and improve. It is important that a positive attitude towards reading is encouraged amongst all our pupils in order to foster self-confidence and a sense of achievement.

Early Reading in EYFS-Year 1 

Phonics and Early Reading

In EYFS and Year 1 children use the Big Cat Little Wandle Reading Books which are fully decodable and matched to the Little Wandle programme of progression. 

These books:

  • Exactly match the Little Wandle phonics progression 

  • Present only GPCs that have been taught 

  • Include only tricky words that have been taught 

Books are matched to children’s phonic knowledge based on data from half termly assessments.  


The same book that has been read in school is then sent home to work on fluency and comprehension. 

In Reception, reading books with words are sent home as soon as the child can blend. Prior to this, wordless books are used.

Reading sessions in Reception/Year 1 follow the three read model:

  • Session 1  Read Segment and Blend to Read / Reading fluency

  • Session 2  Read  Reading Fluency/Prosody 

  • Sesion 3  Read Reading Fluency/Comprehension


Reading practice sessions are: 

  • Timetabled at least three times per week 

  • Taught by a trained teacher or teaching assistant 

  • Delivered in small groups


Children also take home a reading for pleasure/library book - The library book should be used for book talk, familiarisation of authors and a love of books.


Year 2 

In Year 2 children will transition from the decodable Little Wandle Big Cats to our levelled reading books.

When reading with our levelled books children read 1:1 with an adult. Sessions focus on comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. Children in year 2 also have 2 whole class reading sessions per week using CUSP reading curriculum. 

Key Stage 2

In Year 3-6 children continue on our levelled book banded scheme. In addition, they also access books from the library every week and books in from the class library within classrooms too.

CUSP Reading

The teaching of whole class reading is done using the CUSP Reading programme and follows their outlined literature spine. 

These texts have been mapped carefully to ensure a breadth of experiences, authors, texts and themes is addressed across the Primary years. In addition to these texts, there are core poems that each year group will study in detail. Other texts that will be studied in part will be outlined within the curriculum. This spine represents the core texts for depth study only. The literature spine has been harmonised with the wider curriculum, where applicable. Please see each class 'Text overviews' below:


Foxhill Reading Spine




Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6

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'Ready Set Read'
Summer Reading Challenge


The challenge starts in libraries in July and goes right through the summer to September.


The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest reading for pleasure programme for children. The Challenge encourages children to keep reading during the school summer holidays. The children are set a reading goal for the summer and they can read anything they enjoy.

 This year the 'Ready Set Read' challenge has been developed in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust, and will celebrate play and participation to encourage children to engage in reading, games and sports, in any way that best suits them. The Challenge will provide opportunities to showcase how reading can be active and engaged and can itself involve teamwork and community.

In September we would love to celebrate any children who have managed to achieve the reading challenge so make sure you send certificates in to school. 

Please click on the link below to find out about the many activities happening FREE of charge over the summer holidays.


Summer Reading Challenge brochure ( 

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