Reading at Lyme

The Teaching of Reading at Lyme Community Primary School

Here at Lyme Community Primary School, over recent years, we have invested thousands of pounds into our reading resources to ensure that the books are of the highest quality, are appealing to the children and secure progression in their reading skills and development.

In the Foundation Stage, children begin taking books home in the Autumn Term at the class teacher’s discretion. The books are organised into phases, which correspond with our Letters and Sounds phonic teaching programme. All books are fully phonetically decodable. The book series we use in the Foundation Stage is called Phonics Bug, published by Pearson.

As the children move into Year 1, they are individually reassessed within the first week of the Autumn Term and placed on the corresponding book band colour which matches their level of reading ability. We use several high quality reading schemes, all of which are contained within our Book Band System (this means that a pink book in one scheme is the same level as a pink book in another scheme). Our Book Band System goes from Lilac (Book Band 0, working towards Level 1) to Pearl (Book Band 18, Level 5 and beyond). The system comprises of books from Collins Big Cat, Pearson Rigby Star and Oxford Reading Tree schemes. We use a number of other schemes in school to complement our Home School Readers e.g. Project X and Rigby Navigator. Whilst children are on the Book Band system, books are changed three times a week and children are assessed formally every half term as a minimum.

Once children complete the Book Band System, they are considered to be a ‘Free Reader’ and can then choose a book from either their class or school library.


At Lyme our aim for the children is to:

  • Become enthusiastic, competent readers who can read with fluency, accuracy and understanding.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of literature having an interest in books and read for enjoyment and provide them with a wealth of texts and story patterns for their own writing.
  • Develop research skills using non-fiction texts.
  • Be able to use a full range of reading strategies e.g. phonics, word recognition, graphic knowledge, picture and context clues.
  • Develop imagination and critical awareness through reading experiences of the best examples of traditional and modern literature.
  • Become proficient in the use of more advanced reading skills such as inference and deduction. 
  • Have experience of group, shared and individual reading.


For more information about the progress your child is making with their reading, please make an appointment to speak with their class teacher.

How you can help from an early age...

Make sure that your child is familiar with language and books so that they can see how enjoyable reading is. Some of the things you can do include:

  • Reading aloud to your child, talking about the words and pictures, and sharing ideas about the book
  • Reading yourself: Children who see adults reading, and enjoying reading, are much more likely to want to read themselves
  • Making sure your child is surrounded by books: You don't need hundreds of books at home, but make regular trips to the library or bookshop, not just to borrow books but to spend time together browsing and learning to make choices. In this way, reading becomes a habit.

Most importantly, talk to your child. Spend time with them, doing simple activities (cooking, making something, building a model). As you talk about what you’re doing, you are helping them to learn new words. Later, when they see words written down, they have already heard them and know what they mean.

Lyme Community Primary, Lyme St, Newton-le-Willows WA12 9HD