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Reading at Sellindge Primary School

Reading at Sellindge Primary School

At Sellindge Primary School we know the importance of developing reading skills throughout the primary age range and how regular reading at home makes a difference to how well children progress. We use the Accelerated Reader programme to help engage readers to devlelop a love for reading as well as vocabulary and an understanding of the text they have read.

This is a brief guide to reading books in school.


In Early Years the children are exposed to lots of different literature and spend time listening to stories and retelling them. They are taught how to read words through a phonic approach and learn some common tricky words. Primarily they read phonic books at an appropriate level and these are from a variety of different schemes.  Later on in the year, the children start guided reading sessions and these are based on the phonetically decodable books.

Key Stage 1

As children move into Y1 they will continue to read books based on their phonics skills level. During Year 2, they start the Accelerated Reader programme and choose books based on their reading levels, known as their ZPD, which is determind by as assessment carried out on line.

Key Stage 2

The children in the juniors continue with Accelerated Reader programme reading books and completing regular quizzes. Some of the books read by the children are leveled books from our school library. There are also online texts linked to the AR programme that can be accessed via the myON website.

For more information on Accelerated reader use this link.


Sometimes, children who find reading more challenging may be given books from a particular scheme specially designed to help them overcome any difficulties such as Hilo Readers, Totem and Talisman, and Alba Series.