Gilnow Primary School




Reading Scheme

Our Reading Scheme is a combination of Rising Stars, Songbirds, Collins Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree. Most of our reading scheme books are phonetically decodable and follow the letters and sounds programme. Key words are repeated throughout the storybooks so that children gradually increase the number of words they can recognise and read.

We have recently expanded our reading scheme across Key Stage Two.

Teaching Groups through Guided Reading

We use Rigby Stars and Rigby Navigator for guided reading and all children have a least one guided reading session with their teacher each week.



We use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach our children synthetic phonics. Children in Key Stage Two who still require regular phonics teaching are also taught phonics, as an intervention.

Year 1 Phonics Screening

In June each year our children are assessed on their phonetic reading skills, the children are required to decode and read 40 words. These results are published and compared against Bolton schools as well as the national average.

Assessing Progress

We monitor ongoing progress of individuals as we teach. We also undertake Salford Reading Tests with every child at the start and end of each school year. In addition to this we use Rising Stars Reading Assessments for Years 1-6, at the end of every half term.

Parental Support

We expect our children to bring their reading diaries and books into school every day.

Please sign and comment in your child’s reading diary when they have completed a book. We would like you to listen to your child read a minimum of three times per week.

We encourage children to change reading books at least once a week.

Summer Reading Challenge

Over the Summer holidays we set our children a challenge to read a minimum of 6 books and keep a reading diary to bring back into school in September. All children who successfully complete this, receive a book prize!

Reading Rockets PDF

English Policy PDF

We celebrated National Poetry day on 4th of October across the school, with lots of poetry reading and comprehension work. We also held a KS2 poetry writing competition, well done to all our winners pictured here with their certificates.

Well done to all our ‘Summer Reading Challenge 2018’ winners. They all read a minimum of 6 books over their summer holidays.

Remember to keep reading regularly at home. To see if your class is the best, check our ‘Reading Stars’ chart in the school hall.