Phonics and Reading


‘Leaders and teachers have nurtured a love of reading in most pupils. Pupils enjoy the books adults read regularly to them. Many pupils enthuse about their favourite books and authors.’ Ofsted 2019


Through reading, we recognise that pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. It also allows them to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society and early reading is therefore a priority across our Federation.

Our phonics sessions are taught systematically in EYFS and KS1 classes, please click on the link below to access further detailed information.

Phonics at Federation of Follifoot and Spofforth

Phonics Glossary

Reading and Phonics Evening Presentation

Phonics Progression Sequence Reception  & Year 1



The importance of reading is emphasised within The Federation as much of the learning is focussed around a high quality text each term.  Children adopt a love of reading due to staff being enthusiastic and having a passion for literature.

Children are provided with a selection of books each week to be read both in school and at home.  The books follow pupils developing phonics knowledge in accordance with ‘letters’ and ‘sounds’ and comprehension skills from a wide range of schemes, including Rigby, Jelly and Bean and Oxford Reading Tree, among others.  The children are encouraged to read other books alongside these which are available from the reading area in each class, as well as the library.

Staff work closely with parents to ensure that reading is being practised both in school and at home.  Parents are supported by staff in order to help their children learn and progress in both word reading and comprehension.

Please click on the link below to access the Federation Parents Guide to Reading.

Federation Parent Guide to Reading

Please click on the links below to access various reading resources:

Book Trust


National School Reading list

Please click on the links below to access reading lists for each year group:








100-books to read in KS1

100 books to try and read in Years-3-and-4

100 books to try and read in Years-5-and-6