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Reading schemes are developed in conjunction with literacy experts. Most schemes begin in the Foundation Stage and progressively become more difficult. For example, Key Stage 1 books are written with a mix of high-frequency and decodable words to develop a range of reading strategies, while Key Stage 2 books cover a wide range of genres and subjects, linking to the curriculum. 


At Surrey Street, like many other primary schools we use a combination of reading schemes to complement our phonics programme and to reflect the different interests of our children.  The schemes are organised by level (bands), with children having the option to read different books from different schemes at the same level.


See below for a list of the reading schemes:

Jelly and Bean

Project X

Songbird phonics

Tree Tops (Oxford Reading Project)


Guided Reading


Reading for enjoyment is encouraged and fostered at Surrey Street.  To teach children specific reading and comprehension skills guided reading is taught explicitly 3 times a week from Year 1 onwards.  In EYFS it is introduced formally in the summer term in preparation for the transition to Year 1.  Prior to that, inference and comprehension skills are taught in small group shared reading activities.  To support our guided reading programme, we use the Kings-Court reading books which complement our reading scheme in school and are banded accordingly.