Highburton C.E. First Academy

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At Highburton First School we believe that reading is a fundamental part of education. Children that read for pleasure and enjoy reading achieve more at school, in every subject area. Reading is a very important life skill and one that everyone uses everyday!


A love of reading is the biggest indicator of future academic success.

OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)


Picture Books

Each class have been given some money to spend on picture books  for their reading areas. Story time is a very important part of our day. Every class is read at least one story daily by staff. This is to ensure that children are given the chance to enjoy books, stories and poems. Children are also given the chance to read independently at different times throughout the day.



Little Wandle Letters and Sounds (Revised)

Our school has chosen Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our systematic, synthetic phonics (SSP) programme to teach early reading and spelling. 

Please click on the following link to hear the sounds that are taught during our phonics lessons and guided reading sessions. 



Phonics Lessons

During phonics lessons children will be taught to blend (put sounds together to read words), segment (split up words into sounds and write them down), recognise tricky words and read sentences.

 Please follow the link below for help and guidance with these aspects of Phonics.



Guided Reading

Reception and YR 1

During guided reading, each group in Reception and Year One will read their book 3 times per week. This is to help gain fluency, comprehension skills, decoding skills and the recognition of tricky words. 

The book that your child is reading at school, will then be put onto your child's individual Collins Big Cats ebook Library. You can follow the link below and log on using your child's individual username and password (this can be found in their homework book).

Collins Ebooks (collinsopenpage.com) 

YR 2

In Year 2 most children should have mastered the alphabetic code well enough to read most books. They will be guided in their choices to ensure they read a range of books and practise their skills.


KS2 (YR 3, YR4 and YR5)

Children choose their own books and are encouraged to foster a love for reading. 





Would you like to raise money to buy books for children in hospital? Would you like to challenge yourself to read books, comics or other things and get sponsored by your family and friends? Would you like to increase your reading skills and do something wonderful for others?

Follow this link to see how you can do this!



World Book Day

 On World Book day children came to school dressed as their favourite characters. We also had a wonderful day looking at different authors, discovering different stories and taking part in many different activities to celebrate. 


BOOM READER - Digital Reading App

We are moving to digital reading records for our children. This is to help with children losing and misplacing reading records. When you read with your child or your child reads themselves you can record this on their app.