Tackley Church of England Primary School

Reading and Phonics


The teaching of phonics and reading is embedded in the curriculum at Tackley.  Children are taught phonics from their first day in school and this continues until they have secured all of their key sounds.  Children are supported in developing a love of reading text of all types through regular opportunities to change their books in the school library.  Comprehension is taught once children begin to explore whole texts and continues throughout school through group guided reading sessions and exploration of whole texts as a class.  Teachers carefully choose these texts to ensure that they are rich in high level vocabulary and connectives as there is a direct connection between the quality of a child’s reading experience and their writing.

100 Great Books to Read Before You Leave Tackley:


Our aim at Tackley Church of England Primary School is to encourage enthusiastic, interested and motivated readers who enjoy the process of reading a good book. We believe that by offering and promoting a wide range of high quality texts for the children to read, we can instill a life-long love of reading! There are a vast array of books out there for children to read, however selecting a quality text that is well written isn’t always easy!

We have therefore compiled our list of ‘100 great books to read before leaving Tackley Primary School’ from staff recommendations, national book award winning authors and the Book Trust ‘100 best books’ list. Most of the books are available in school for you to borrow – however we do encourage all families to visit the local library (Banbury & Kidlington are the nearest libraries) as a treat to share together! The list has been split into age groups due to the content/ theme or degree of reading level required as a guide. Reading any of these books with an adult is highly recommended – either shared reading, listening to an adult or the child reading.

Many of the books in this list are available for you to borrow – head to our reading challenge area in the hall to browse some of the books. You will need to sign the book out and log when you have returned it so that the next person can read it too. Please try to return any borrowed books in a reasonable amount of time as someone else might be waiting to read it. If you have a copy of one of the titles in this list at home that you no longer read, please feel free to donate your book to the school and we can share it with other children.

100 Books List:


Hearing your child read:

One of the most helpful support jobs you as a parent can do once your child starts school is hear your youngster read every day. Just ten minutes every day can have a big impact on their progress and reading confidence.
It is crucial to make reading time as stress free and enjoyable as possible. Use the following tips to help:
  • Create a comfortable, quiet place to sit and listen to your child read and make sure there are no distractions nearby, such as the TV, radio or computer.
  •  Help your child practise their phonics sounds (see section below concerning phonics) and use their knowledge to ‘decode’ unfamiliar words on the page.
  • When a word is not decodable i.e. a high frequency word such as the or was, point this out to them and support them to recognise these by sight.
  • By praising your child’s efforts you’ll boost their confidence and enjoyment of reading. Pick up on and mention specific achievements or advancements they make, such as sounding out a new word successfully or remembering a word they decoded the day before.
  •  Don’t jump in and correct your youngster straight away if they make a mistake sounding out a word, instead pause and wait to see if they correct themselves first. Try offering a couple of clues to help prompt them to get the word right, and congratulate them when they do.
  • As adult readers we use the ‘clues’ of context, illustrations, repetition etc all the time when we are reading – and it is fine for children to do this too!
  •  Make your reading sessions upbeat and fun by keeping them short, being enthusiastic, giving lots of praise and cuddling up somewhere cosy together.
  •  Chat about the book, its cover, the blurb on the back, your child’s favourite characters in the story and what happens in the plot to help build their understanding and comprehension of the story.
  •  Please use the home school diary to add comments about your child’s progress or impressions of the book they’re reading. It’s good to involve your child when you write a comment, checking that they agree with what you’ve written and allowing them to add their opinion too!
  •  Talk to your child’s teacher if you’re concerned that they are bringing home books that are not at the right level and avoid comparing your youngster’s progress with other children’s reading skills.
  • Remember you are welcome into school at 3pm any day to change your child’s reading book with them.


At Tackley children are taught phonics using the Read Write Inc scheme, starting in Class 1.  Phonics is taught in differentiated groups throughout key stage one and into key stage two as appropriate, in discrete daily thirty minute sessions.
More information is available from the publisher of Read Write Inc – Oxford University Press.
We hold an information presentation on phonics for all interested parents each year.  The PowerPoint presentation which is used is below:
Should you have any further questions about the teaching of reading or phonics at Tackley, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.
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