At The Grove Academy, we know that Reading is the key to unlocking academic success. From the moment they join our school to the moment they leave, your child will: have books read to them daily, bring home books that are at their level, bring a book for pleasure home from the library, study high quality texts in Guided Reading and have interventions to plug any gap that stops them from being able to read.

Reading is split into two main elements: decoding and comprehension. From Nursery to the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2), the focus is on the teaching of Phonics and teaching the children to decode.


We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme. You can find out more about our Phonics programme here.

Guided Reading

Once a child is able to decode any unfamiliar word (typically the end of Year 1), we shift the focus from decoding to comprehension. Children are taught to understand what they are reading and how to look for evidence in a text. Children are taught a reading skill each week – how to use that skill and how to apply it by answering questions. Teachers choose high quality texts that are age appropriate and engaging to motivate children to read.

Home Reading

We encourage children to read at home as often as possible – a bedtime story each night is a great way to do this. Setting aside 10-15 minutes a day to read with your child will help them practise the skills they learn at school and is a great way for them to show off, to you, at home. We want our children to have positive reading role models in their life. Showing your child that you value reading means they are likely to too.