At Severnbanks Primary School we use Letters and Sounds which is a systematic synthetic phonics programme published by the Department of Education.

There are six overlapping phases which the pupils work through, usually starting in the pre-school setting. In the Reception class pupils work within Phases 1-4. Our KS1 pupils are taught in Phase specific groups. Some intervention groups in Key Stage 2 also focus upon key parts of Letters and Sounds. As pupils learn at different rates it is not uncommon for pupils within the same class to be working on a different phonic phase and the teaching is targeted accordingly. Letters and Sounds enables pupils to see the relationship between reading and spelling, meaning they learn to blend and segment words successfully.

Parents are invited in for phonics/reading meetings where they undertake phonics-based activities and are taught the strategies to aid their child’s reading and writing. The pupils learning is also enhanced at KS2 through using Read, write, Ink resources to develop pupils spelling skills.

Y1 Phonics Screening The national phonics screening check was introduced in 2012 to all Y1 pupils.  It is a short, statutory assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It aims to identify the pupils who need extra help so that they can be given support by school to improve their reading skills.  At Severnbanks Primary School we already identify pupils and provide early intervention support, however the assessment is a statutory requirement. The test comprises a list of 40 real and pseudo (nonsense) words, which a child will read one-to-one with the class teacher. Half the words cover phonic skills which are usually covered in Reception, and half the words are based on Year 1 phonics skills. Results are communicated to parents through the school report at the end of the academic year.  

EYFS/ KS1 Reading At Severnbanks Primary School the pupils have access to a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. The pupils have the opportunity to read in class daily and take home books from the specific reading bands as well as a ‘free choice’ book from the library. The support which our parents give with phonics practice and reading at home is greatly valued.


We want all children to develop a love of reading whilst at Severnbanks Primary School.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on a page. We believe in the importance of children being read to; through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. All classes have key texts that are read to them which link in with their terms focus which exposes children to language and classic stories which they may find too challenging to read independently. We are part of the Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils project through Cheltenham Literary Festival where new books are introduced to staff.

Cracking Comprehension, supplemented with VIPERS at KS2 and Guided Reading at KS1 focus on the skills of comprehension, through identifying new vocabulary, to understanding the meaning of the written text and making links into existing knowledge and other texts.

Teachers share a variety of written material regularly with the children, fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, diaries and poems; but not forgetting the importance that picture books can play.

We have a home-school reading system, which requests that children read a book at the appropriate level for them. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children read books matched to their phonic phase in order to read and sounds that they have been taught. This then progresses to include tricky, high frequency and common exception words so that children are exposed to reading patterns, repetition and sight reading giving them a thorough grounding in fundamental reading skills. At KS2 children Project X provides a structured reading scheme and then children follow ‘book bandings’ ensuring they are making progress.

Alongside this, we visit the Cheltenham Literary Festival to attend author workshops, have visiting authors, poets, theatres, visiting books fairs and celebrate Roald Dahl Day and World Book Day.


World Book Day
Roald Dahl Day
We believe that our pupils learn best when they are provided with a range of opportunities and skills for writing across the curriculum. Teachers will provide a stimulating environment that promotes all aspects of literacy learning. Our pupils have access to a range of writing equipment and resources to support and further develop their writing.

'Writing is your best thinking written down'.

Staff have been trained in 'Write from the Beginning' and our pupils use David Hyerle's Thinking Maps® to help structure their writing.



Aut 1

Aut 2

Spr 1

Spr 2

Sum 1

Sum 2


Where is Spot?



The Hungry Caterpillar

Owl Babies

 What Ever Next?

Handa's Surprise 

 Dora's Eggs

Enormous Turnip

 Jasper's Beanstalk 

Lucy and Tom at the Seaside 

 Rainbow Fish 

Commotion in the Ocean 


Class Text

Giraffes Cant Dance 

Hansel and Gretel

Gingerbread Man




When Will It be Spring 


What the Ladybird Heard at The Sea 


Class Text

The Blue Balloon

Hot Air

Miranda The Explorer

Non fiction books about the Wright Brothers

Q Pootle 5


If I were a kid in the Titanic

Titanic non fiction

Toby and the Great Fire of London

Billy’s Bucket

The Little Mermaid

The Secret Garden


Class Text

Happiness Tree

Stone Age Boy 



Local book 

The Time Travelling Cat and The Egyptian Goddess

The 5000 year old puzzle


Class Text

The Green Ship

Who Let the Gods Out


Voices in the Park


Tiger Tiger



Class Text

How to Live For ever 

Anglo Saxon Boy

Highway Man 



The London Eye Mystery


Class Text

The Boy at The Back of The Class 

Shackleton’s Journey


The House with Chicken Legs 


Letter to The Lighthouse