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At Hambleton Primary School, children are introduced to synthetic phonics as soon as they start with us in EYFS.  Children are taught using Jolly Phonics which is a comprehensive programme, based on a fun and multi-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets children reading and writing from an early age.

The children work on phonic knowledge every day through dedicated sessions, as well as having opportunities to apply their skills through games, activities and songs. This is in addition to reading and writing.

Jolly phonics and Jolly Grammar continue to inform the teaching and learning of phonics, spelling and grammar as children continue through KS1.

As children become fluent readers and have developed all reading skills, they are given access to Accelerated Reading Programme. The internet-based software assesses reading age, and suggests books that match pupils' needs and interests. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress.

We are able to offer the children of Hambleton School a range of reading materials to support their love of reading: 


  • In EYFS and Key Stage 1 Oxford Reading Tree books and Big Cat Collins books are used as home readers to build fluency, confidence and discussion around books. These are closely matched to their phonics ability and comprehension skills.
  • Big Cat Collins books are used as a basis for our guided reading scheme in Key Stage 1. Guided reading is used to teach decoding and comprehension skills in small groups at this early stage. Through guided reading, children have the opportunity to read and talk about books with a group of peers, led by an adult.
  • From Year 2, reading is taught as a whole class using high quality texts.
  • From Year 2 the Accelerated Reader (AR) system is used – this allows children to be rewarded for decoding and comprehension skills, which are assessed through online quizzes.
  • The school library and class reading areas offer a wide range of age-appropriate books that can be read for pleasure. 

Click here to download Phonics Screening Check - Year 1 Presentation


English Resources

Handwriting for parents

 At Foundation stage, your child will be focusing on developing the necessary fine and gross motor  skills in readiness for handwriting. They will practise a range of patterns including dots, waves and  zig zags to prepare them for letter formation. 

For more information see the leaflet here.

Grammar Glossary - This link provides a simple summary and examples of all the terms your child may come across through KS1 and KS2 grammar. We hope this is useful to parents and children alike!

Suggested Reading Books

Little Owls (EYFS)



Rosie’s Walk-

Pat Hutchins



Shirley Hughes


Percy the Park Keeper Books-

Nick Butterworth


The Very Hungry Caterpillar-

Eric Carle


Each Peach Pear Plum-Janet and Allan Ahlberg


The Tale of Peter Rabbit-

Beatrix Potter


Owl Babies-Martin Waddell



The Tiger Who Came to Tea-

Jill Tomlinson


Farmer Duck-

Martin Waddell


The Rainbow Fish-

Marcus Pfister


Mr Gumpy’s Outing-

John Burningham


Whatever Next-

Jill Murphy


Cat in The Hat-

Dr Seuss


Mrs Armitage-

Quentin Blake


I Will Never Eat a Tomato-

Lauren Child




Elf Owls (Year 1)



Katie Morag’s Island Stories

Mairi Hedderwick



Julia Donaldson


The Large Family Collection

Jill Murphy



Avocado Baby

John Burningham




Janet and Allan Ahlberg


A Bear Called Paddington

Michael Bond



Hairy Maclary

Lynley Dodd


Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

Ronda and David Armitage



The Bad-tempered Ladybird

Eric Carle



Peace at Last

Jill Murphy


Where the Wild Things Are –

Maurice Sendak


Lost and Found –

Oliver Jeffers




Barn Owls (Year 2)


Meerkat Mail

Emily Gravett

The Bolds

Julian Clary


Anthony Browne

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

Jill Tomlinson

Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl

Not Now Bernard

David McKee

The Enchanted Wood

Enid Blyton

Mr Majeika

Humphrey Carpenter

The Day the Crayons Quit

Drew Daywalt

A Squash and a Squeeze

Julia Donaldson

The Tear Thief

Carol Ann Duffy

The Dragonsitter

Josh Lacey




Year 3


The Diary of a Killer Cat

Anne Fine

The Iron Man

Ted Hughes

The Sheep-Pig

Dick King Smith

The Abominables

Eva Ibbotson

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis

The World According to Humphrey

Betty G. Birney


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

J K Rowling

The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog

Jeremy Strong

You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum!  Andy Stanton

Hansel and Gretel

Anthony Browne

Here Comes Charlie Moon

Shirley Hughes

The Famous Five Series

Enid Blyton




 Year 4


The Dancing Bear

Michael Morpurgo

Bill’s New Frock

Anne Fine

Charlotte’s Web

EB White

Why the Whales Came

Michael Morpurgo

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter

Phillip Pullman

Stig of the Dump

Clive King

How to Train your Dragon

Cressida Cowell

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome

Billionaire Boy

David Walliams

Voices in the Park

Anthony Browne

The Great Elephant Chase

Gillian Cross

Lizzie Dripping

Helen Cresswell




Year 5


Wolf Brother

Michelle Paver

Street Child

Berlie Doherty

The Midnight Fox

Betsy Byars

Tom’s Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce

Demon Dentist

David Walliams


Phillip Pullman

Heard it in the Playground

Allan Ahlberg

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom

Louis Sachar

The Suitcase Kid

Jacqueline Wilson

War Horse

Michael Morpurgo

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aitkin

Danny the Champion of the World

Roald Dahl




Year 6



The Arrival

 Sean Tan




Jill Paton Walsh



David Almond


Louis Sachar

Northern Lights

Phillip Pullman

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien

War Horse

 Michael Morpurgo

The Railway Children

 Edith Nesbit

Carrie’s War

 Nina Bawden

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Kirin Milwood Hargrave

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnet

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Kate DiCamillo


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