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Reading at Firs

At Firs Primary School, children are introduced to reading as soon as they enter Nursery.  Picture books inspire children’s imagination before they have the opportunity to develop their reading skills through phonics, starting in Reception.  As children move up through the school, their reading ability is challenged through a variety of texts which not only allows them to enhance their word reading skills but they can also develop their comprehension skills, using inference and deduction to understand underlying themes. 

Children have the opportunity to read with an adult at least once a week and are encouraged to develop a reading for pleasure by immersing themselves in our school library. 

We encourage our children to read a variety of texts, including classics by Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Enid Blyton and, more recently, J K Rowling.

In addition, our Guided Reading lessons are supported by the Project X reading scheme which support the Letters and Sounds phonics skills embedded in EYFS and KS1 and supports each reading ability from Reception to Year 6/7.  Project X exposes children to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and is suitable for boosting reading for boys.

Reading Record Books

Children should be reading for at least 30 minutes every day at home (20 minutes for Reception).  We encourage parents to ask their children questions about the books they are reading and then write a comment in their Reading Record Books.  These books are then shared with their teachers at school.



Project X

Project X is a fun-filled, action-packed adventure series which is used to enhance children’s imagination and expose them to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.

Ant, Kat, Tiger and Max are all part of Team X.  They each have a magical watch which transforms them into miniature versions of themselves, allowing them to explore the world in microscopic detail.

Project X supports our Letters and Sounds phonics scheme which enables children to apply their phonics skills to their reading, decoding new words and enriching their vocabulary.


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