English is a core subject and as such is given high priority. As part of the English curriculum, children develop their skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing which also includes spelling and handwriting.

At the Beacon we work hard to make sure that children have a love of books and literature and we're very proud that so many of our children enjoy reading. Classes at KS2 study a class novel each term and younger children learn about particular authors.

Home Reading Books 

Children take their reading books home every night to read. Books will be changed once each week unless children are a free reader. These children will change their book as soon as they have finished it. 

Accelerated Reader Books in Y2-Y6

Children take their accelerated reading books home every night to read and take a quiz in school once they have finished reading it. Children have their own zpd level so they can choose a book that will not be too easy or too hard for them to read.  Click to find a book using accelerated reader book finder. 


Reading Reward Scheme

In order to motivate children to read at home, we have a reading reward scheme. If a child has read 5 times out of 7 in a week (to an adult at home) and has had their reading record signed, they receive a sticker. They collect stickers in order to achieve certain rewards:

10 stickers = Bronze certificate.

20 stickers=Silver certificate.

30 stickers=Gold certificate.

Some children achieve above these rewards and receive Platinum and Diamond awards.  These certificates are presented to the children in praise assembly. Children who receive Gold and above are also rewarded with a special trip in the summer term.

Reading and Phonics

Reading in EYFS and KS1 is taught initially using a systematic, synthetic phonic approach.  Phonics is taught daily as a discrete lesson and we use Phonics Bug as a core scheme to teach synthetic phonics which is multi-sensory exciting and engaging.  During the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children develop their phonic knowledge and skills and apply these in both reading and spelling.  As developing readers, children are encouraged to use a wider range of strategies to aid decoding of text and to enhance their understanding of material across a range of genre. 


Phonics Play is a website packed with interactive phonics games and many different resources to help your child use their phonics skills in reading.


In order to ensure coverage of the statutory requirements for the National Curriculum, we follow The Spelling Toolkit Document produced by the Liverpool School Improvement Team. In conjunction with this document, we use the Spelling BAM resources and Babcock No Nonsene Spelling Resources . 

Children take home spellings which apply to the spelling rule they have been learning in school. There are fortnightly tests to assess the progress the children are making towards these spellings. It is the teacher’s judgement on how long a class spends on a spelling rule and how many spellings they take home to learn.

Storynory - Latest audio stories

Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children’s audio stories. Children can follow along with the story as it is read to them, as the text is also included on the site. There are also some great features available that give you the option of downloading the audio to your computer, listening to “catch phrase” explanations, translating text into different languages and more!

The whacky world of Roald Dahl!

Have fun exploring the whacky world of Roald Dahl! Can you find any fascinating facts to share in our class?

Reading Eggs/Eggspress

Reading Eggs/Eggspress teaches children aged 3-13 how to read with fun and motivational online reading lessons and phonics games.

Children's Poetry Archive

Search for a favourite poem and have fun!

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