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Reading at Jubilee Primary School

At Jubilee, a combination of Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat books make up our reading scheme. An engaging and wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts are available.

In the Early Years, the children change their readers three times a week. In Key Stage One, the children choose a new reader daily. In both Key Stages, the children are able to take a ‘weekend book’ of their choice home to read.

Guided reading occurs daily in both the Early Years and Key Stage One, and the children read with an adult on a one-to-one basis once a week.

Discrete daily phonics sessions are undertaken in both the Early Years and Key Stage One following the Letters and Sounds teaching programme. Jolly Phonics actions are also incorporated into Early Years sessions to enhance learning.

When children reach Key Stage Two, they are moving away from simply decoding words; children have developed the skills needed to break down a word using their phonetic awareness. There is a much bigger focus on the comprehension of a text. Comprehension can include many areas but it is mainly to gain an awareness and understanding of the whole text.


There are 6 main areas of comprehension after basic decoding:

  • Understanding, describing, selecting and finding information

  • Interpreting information and referring to the text

  • Understanding the structure and the way it is presented

  • Explaining certain use of language

  • Identifying the writers viewpoint and purpose

  • Relating texts to their social context (comparisons)


Our independent reading books are from a variety of publishers, containing books from a range of different reading age bands. All the books have a relatively high interest age, but vary greatly in reading age. To support children with reading development, we have devised a Jubilee 'guidance table' detailing which books are appropriate for the child reading them. We have therefore colour coded the books according to the reading age (coloured stars/dots)