Each half term every class has a core text which their reading and writing are based on. We ensure that a diverse range of texts are used across the school. The books chosen are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, set in places all around the world, by male and female authors and with characters from a range of cultures and backgrounds. Additional texts are chosen as class stories or for use in Guided Reading sessions.

See our school overview of texts here:

Whole school texts


In Writing, high quality texts are used to inspire children’s creativity. We believe that talk and being exposed to a high repertoire of stories encourages children to develop their writing skills. Talk4Writing, a programme developed by Pie Corbett, is used to support the teaching of Writing. We use a cross curricular approach to really immerse the children into their topics.


At St Anne’s we promote a rich reading environment to encourage reading for pleasure. There are many reading opportunities for all children. We have weekly parent reading where parents are invited into their child’s classroom, story times, Buddy Reading, 1:1 reading and group or whole class Guided Reading.

It is so important that reading is promoted and encouraged at home as well as in school.

“Young people who read outside of class daily are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.” National Literacy Trust

Click here for ways you can support your child with reading at home: Reading at St Anne’s

In school, we use a range of schemes to support children’s reading including Reading Champions, Bug Club and Oxford Reading Tree. Children have home reading journals which gives parents and teachers the opportunity to share how children are progressing in reading. In EYFS and  Key Stage 1, children also have the opportunity to bring home a ‘sharing book’ which is book of their choice to enjoy with an adult at home as well as a book at their appropriate phonics level.

In Guided Reading children are exposed to high quality texts suitable for their year group, adapted from Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine.

In Key Stage 2, children are all taking part in a Reading Challenge. Children win Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for when they read 10, 20 and 30 books!

The Oxford Owl website has a range of E-books for your child to read at home and complete activities afterwards:


Please see links for suggestions for books for your child’s class.

Recommended books for Acorns and Oaks

Recommended books for Olive Class

Recommended books for Willow Class

Recommended books for Maple Class

Recommended books for Cedar Class

Recommended books for Elm Class


Phonics is taught through the Letters and Sounds programme. Phonics lessons are taught daily in EYFS and Key Stage 1. Lessons are engaging and allow children to practise reading and spelling skills enabling them to be more confident in writing and reading in all areas of the curriculum.


Upper Foundation - Ladybirds and Meerkats - Horbury Primary Academy


Lessons are consistent across all year groups and follow the same structure, review, teach, practise and apply. Daily phonic interventions are in place to ensure all children keep up and make progress within the phonics phase they are working on.

Home reading books are all decodable and banded according to the phonics phase your child is working on.

At home, you can take part in phonics lessons too. Click here to find links to lessons for your child’s year group for each term: Letters and Sounds Online Lessons

Some useful websites:

Oxford Owl Guide to Letters and Sounds

Alphablocks Guide to Phonics