Bovingdon Primary AcademyBelonging. Possibilities. Achievement.
May 10 2019


Shree Deb

English is led by Miss Stevenson. Our phonics curriculum is led by Miss Nelson. Reading is also supported throughout the school by our wonderful Year 6 Reading Ambassadors.

Reading Aims

A Bovingdon Primary Academy reader should leave at the end of Key Stage 2 with…

  • phonic and decoding skills which can be applied to a range of texts
  • the ability to read a range of texts fluently and accurately
  • a knowledge of extensive and rich vocabulary
  • an excellent comprehension of texts
  • extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts
  • a love of reading

Writing Aims

A Bovingdon Primary Academy writer should leave at the end of Key Stage 2 with…

  • the ability to write fluently and confidently within a range of fiction and non-fiction genres
  • the understanding of a wide range of writing techniques and sound understanding of grammar rules
  • knowledge that purpose and audience are central to effective writing
  • the ability to write neatly and produce well-presented work
  • a strong understanding of spelling rules
  • a vivid imagination which makes readers engage with their fiction writing
  • a love of writing


Phonics is taught four times a week from EYFS – Year 1. For children who have not met age-related expectations in phonics at the end of Year 1, the curriculum is continued in Year 2 and if necessary, into Key Stage 2 with small group work. We follow the Letters and Sounds content and sequence of learning. We use a range of resources to support our multi-sensory approach to the phonics curriculum.

Home Reading Books

At Bovingdon Primary Academy, our reading books are banded using the national colour-banded book band system. Our reading scheme books are predominantly Collins Big Cat however we also have some titles from Oxford Reading Tree. Children progress through the banded colours as they gain confidence, and because of the breadth of choice available in each colour band, they should be able to find books that appeal to them at each stage. Our teachers carry out reading assessments to establish which level children are reading at and whether they need to move up to the next level to maintain the right level of challenge. We have recently extended our reading scheme into Lower Key Stage 2 to support children choose appropriate texts to build on the skills they need to meet age-related expectations.

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