Kells Infant School

Learning, Growing, Achieving Together



Kells Infant School achieves highly in reading. This is a result of our parents/carers committing to a partnership with the school in the development of their child’s reading skills and love of reading. Our parents agree to hear their child read regularly at home and support the rolling programme of workshops delivered by teachers and an annual meeting led by a Primary Literacy and Early Years Educational Consultant who specialises in synthetic phonics.

Our children will have lots of stories, poems and rhymes read to them- ‘shared reading’. They will also have individual time with their Teachers and Senior Teaching Assistants to read books together which will encourage a love of books.  Children will also have a daily systematic synthetic phonics session with activities and games which are fun and further develop reading skills.

All children will take part in guided group reading which will develop their comprehension and reading skills. Reading areas in all classrooms are attractive and encourage children to develop a love of literacy. Children enjoy sharing books with each other and socializing.


Reading Focus 2017/2018

  • Power of Reading enhances teachers’ and children’s pleasure in reading, and raises children’s achievement through teachers’ knowledge of literature and its creative use in the classroom
  • Audit of reading resources which has resulted in a purchase of child appealing narrative and non narrative texts.
  • 'Book Talk' & 'Narrative Approach'
  • Purchase of interactive and fun phonics resources
  • Parent/carer sessions


Reading Schemes

We use three main schemes

  • Rigby Star
  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Collins Big Cats

These schemes have been carefully chosen to include

  1. phonic regular texts to help to develop phonic skills and word building
  2. fiction books that provide strong enjoyable storylines
  3. non-fiction texts which develop children’s love of fact finding
Useful reading websites
 Reading Schemes.pdfDownload
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