At Hacton Primary we strongly feel that an appreciation of reading should be embedded from an early age. A wide range of reading strategies are taught throughout school, including shared reading, guided reading and independent reading. Guided reading sessions are used throughout the school from Reception to Year 6. In these sessions, children are encouraged to explore story plots, character motivation and the way writers look to inspire the imagination. Children have access to a quality range of fiction and non-fiction books in each classroom and within our school libraries. High-quality authors are encouraged through the Boarding Passes that are issued to all of our pupils at the beginning of each school year.

We use the Oxford Reading Tree stages of reading to identify steps in children’s reading progress. The Oxford Reading Tree stages provide a consistent, progressive and challenging reading scheme throughout the school with children working from stages 1 through to 15/16 by the end of year 4. Children in Years 5 and 6 will be ‘free readers’ who are encouraged to choose age appropriate, high quality texts; however, should children still require the support of the reading scheme this will continue.

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Reading Schemes

At Hacton Primary we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ as our preferred method of delivering high quality phonics teaching.

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department of Education and skills. The programme aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

Children follow a detailed programme, starting at the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Children in Key Stage 2 will receive phonic teaching when and if necessary.

High Frequency Words

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children have to learn to read, write and spell a considerable number of High Frequency Words. The teaching of the high frequency words is linked to the teaching of phonics. We would greatly appreciate parental support with the learning of these words.


At Hacton Primary we believe that a consistent approach towards writing will allow children to develop into confident and articulate writers. Based on the Ros Wilson Big Writing programme, children have plenty of opportunity to experience a range of different genres and enjoy the process of writing. We encourage cross curricular writing in order for children to appreciate writing as a continued process to develop across a range of different lessons. We also recognise the importance of grammar in writing and ensure our children are taught all aspects needed to lead a fully functional life in our society today.