Reading and Phonics

As children are ready, from Nursery, we teach the Read, Write, Inc systematic, synthetic phonics programme to our children, alongside developing a community who read for pleasure and for a range of different purposes. Please browse this page to find out more about our reading offer.

We love reading and aim for every child to leave Jump Primary School with a lifelong love of reading. We are very proud to be a reading school and have worked hard over recent years to develop our reading offer.


The magic of reading begins in the Early Years and weaves its way through to Year 6.

Reading Intent

‘We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing.  Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English within a broad and balanced curriculum, with opportunities to read for different purposes and consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.’ (JPS Reading policy)

At Jump Primary School, we aim to support children in becoming confident, fluent and expressive readers who can derive meaning and information from a variety of texts. We also hope to develop a lifelong passion for reading. (be confident) We want all pupils to be enthusiastic readers who enjoy showcasing their fluency, vocabulary acquisition, knowledge and skills (be responsible). From Nursery to Year 6, our aim is to develop pupils who have the stamina and ability to read at least at the age expected standard and who can transfer their English skills to other curriculum subjects (be resilient).

We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Reading, with oracy underpinning everything we do. Our teachers follow a clear pathway of progression from Early Reading (Read, Write, Inc) to Whole Class Reading sessions in Phase 3. The journey to becoming a proficient reader starts in Nursery. We believe that a secure basis in reading skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society (be self-aware).

We believe that a quality Reading curriculum should also develop children’s love of writing and discussion (be articulate). We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often for pleasure, “magpieing” the skills of quality authors. We provide opportunities for reading for purpose and we encourage pupils choose books for themselves. We promote the status of reading by providing opportunities for children’s reading to be celebrated and acknowledged across school.

We encourage our pupils to love books, take care of books and experiment with their reading choice for purpose and for pleasure. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their achievements, can read clearly and accurately and with increasing pace and fluency from the Early Years. (be respectful).

Pupils at Jump Primary School will leave Year 6:

  • Reading with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • With a love or reading and a desire to read for enjoyment.
  • With an interest in words and their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms
  • Understanding a range of text types, media types and genres.
  • Using their developing imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • Having a suitable, technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.


At Jump, we teach children to read using the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme. Children will learn sounds and words. They will learn how to successfully decode using 'Fred Talk.' Fred is our frog who helps us to read! There is a strong focus on learning to read in Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2. Daily, consistent phonics will support your child to become a successful reader and make them feel confident when taking the Phonics Screening Check at the end of Year 1. Children in Reception will start to learn Set 1 speed sounds (we follow a document called Making A Strong Start which begins on day 1 in Reception) and how to blend them together to read words. When children know these sounds at speed, they will move on to Set 2 and Set 3.


Some children will also engage in 1:1 phonics with a member of staff. This may happen when children find sounds tricky.


What is the Phonics Screening Check?

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children, at the end of Year 1 in England. This usually happens in June and is designed to show teachers and parents how children are progressing in phonics. There are 2 sections in this 40-word check as it assesses phonics skills and knowledge taught across Reception and Year 1. We anticipate that for most children, this will take between 5-10 minutes to complete. We make sure that our children have access to previous checks before June so that they feel super confident on the day.


Book Bags

Your child will bring home a book bag everyday. There will be two books inside. The coloured book - your child has been reading in school and they should be able to read this independently to you. The other book has been carefully chosen, as it matches the sounds that your child has been taught in phonics lessons. Please spend time with your child, each evening, reading these books. Just 10 minutes every day makes a huge difference.


Our children are all offered the choice of a third book which they would love to read just for fun! These may be tricky and some children may need your help to read it.


Reading stories and sharing texts can really benefit your child's vocabulary acquistion and helps to promote a love of reading. Here are our top 10 tips for sharing stories at home!

Top Ten Tips for Reading

It is important when we say sounds that we say them correctly. Watch this video to help at home!


How do we teach Reading?

Read the document below to find out more about our reading offer and what happens after children complete our phonics scheme.