Alderman Pounder Infant & Nursery School

Making a difference as we grow together

Eskdale Drive, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG9 5FN

0115 925 2928


 Reading schemes

The primary reading scheme used in school is Collins Big Cat for letters and sounds.  Each book is colour banded, fully decodable and matched to the child's phonic level. In addition to this, a range of other reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, are organised centrally using the same colour-banding. This provides a broad and varied range of texts and genres to encourage a love of reading. 


In order to read with fluency and accuracy our children are encouraged to explore, develop and orchestrate a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, syntactic and contextual) through a variety of opportunities and experiences. Our main goal is to develop individuals reading skills levels so that they are able to read to learn.


Reading is developed through:

  • providing a wide range of texts (including multi media) and opportunities for children to select from this for pleasure and for information

  • helping children understand how texts work and exploring the vocabulary within them

  • reading support for each child (the frequency of which will be determined by the child’s level of development)

  • structured banding of reading books matched closely to the children's phonic levels

  • a synthetic programme of phonics and word recognition in accordance with the National Curriculum and letters and sounds

  • focused reading lessons using a wide range of genres, developing reading comprehension skills; prediction, retrieval and inference

  • home-school reading links

  • ensuring that all children are immersed in an environment rich in print

  • expert readers reading aloud to children

  • book and poetry celebration days

  • timely reading intervention groups