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The Nethersole

CofE Academy and Nursery

Inspire, Enjoy and Achieve, in the love of Jesus Christ


The school follows the National Curriculum for literacy. A link to the year group specific objectives can be located at:


The school is currently refining its medium-term plans and will be add these to the website when they have been ratified by governors.

Reading scheme at the Nethersole C of E Academy


At the Nethersole C of E Academy we believe that children learn to read best, not by following one reading scheme, but by getting a range of reading experiences from different books and schemes. We encourage children to read regularly at home (between 3 and 5 times a week) and get their reading diaries signed by an adult. Children are welcome to borrow books that suit their interest from our large library. This is open selected lunch times and all classes have a weekly library slot.


We assess reading progress regularly and use book band colours to match books to a child's needs from a range of schemes. most of our books are from Oxford Reading Tree, Collin's Big Cat schemes. We also have Project X books for selected readers in key stage 2. Once children have reached a reading band above 'lime' they are a free reader and are welcome to choose non reading banded books as home readers although they will continue to have coloured reading band books during guided reading sessions.


Reading books in the early years link to our teaching of phonics, and therefore books are decodable using the phonics skills we teach.