Reading Scheme and Phonics

Reading at Sacred Heart 

At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School we aim to inspire every child to develop a love of reading through immersing them in high-quality, engaging texts. All year groups share a wide range of stories with their children, from traditional tales and nursery rhymes to intriguing picture books and gripping novels. 

We have recently purchased an additional digital reading programme called Bug Club that we would like to share with you. Below you will find key information about the scheme and how you can get involved. We hope that you and your child will love using these book and enjoy sharing them at home.

Bug Club Parent Information

Early Years and Key Stage 1 reading

Phonics is taught throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1 through the Read Write Inc programme. Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Children are assessed and streamed in abilities groups. Each half term they are assessed and regrouped and this is having great impact on their progress - we even have some of our Nursery children on the programme.

Once children have completed the programme they move into guided reading groups.

More information about the program and ideas on how to support your child at home can be found at  

Reading books are connect closely to the phonics knowledge pupils are taught when they are learning to read.  These include books from Reading Planet, Big Cat Collins and Rigby Star. We focus on ensuring that younger children gain phonics knowledge and language comprehension necessary to read, and the skills to communicate, as this gives them the foundations for future learning as they further develop their love of reading.

Key Stage 2 reading

As pupils move into Key Stage Two, they begin to read books from our Oxford University Press book banded scheme to support different reading abilities.

These books should be read aloud and enjoyed with parents each night to develop fluency and comprehension skills. They are still encouraged to borrow books from their class libraries to read for pleasure.  


If you would like any more information about Literacy at Sacred Heart, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mrs K McCaffrey

Literacy Lead


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