Reading Schemes at Netherton J&I School


Early Years 1

We use Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds in Early Years 1 to teach the basic skills of reading.  When children are ready to read, we use early Oxford Reading tree books to begin their reading development.


Early Years 2

We use Letters and Sounds in Early Years 2 to develop the children’s phonetic awareness. This helps them to decode new vocabulary and progress in reading. We use Oxford Reading Tree as our main starter scheme, but the children also access other book banded scheme books to ensure they have wider range of texts.

Guided reading

We use Rigby Star readers for Guided Reading, which the children begin during the second term in Early Years 2. The children learn about the conventions of reading and are extended using higher level reading books than they take home. 


Key Stage 1

Guided reading

We use the Rigby Star reading scheme supplemented by books form the National Geographic.  The children read together, extending their reading skills and beginning to teach comprehension skills, fluency and expression.

Home reading

We use the Oxford Reading Scheme in year 2 as the main source for home reading, but these are supplemented by a variety of book banded books from other reading schemes. These include fiction, non- fiction and poetry.


Key Stage 2

Guided reading

We use Rigby Star and Project X guided reading schemes in Key Stage 2.  These are used to extend the children’s skills in reading, and to develop comprehension skills which are vital to their progress. These include fiction and non- fiction texts


Home reading

We use the Oxford Reading Scheme where needed.

We use a wide collection of free reading texts from classroom libraries supplemented by fiction and non-fiction book collections from the Wakefield Schools Library service. 

School Library

We have a well-stocked school library which all children in school access on a fortnightly basis.  Books are loaned from the library for reading in school and also for taking home.  Children also access the newly refurbished library during school time to have library and storytelling sessions.