Supporting Reading

At Robertswood we champion reading as an avenue to academic success.

Children are encouraged to read as much as possible during their time at school through the use of books, various texts, displays, multi media and example.  The children take part in daily guided reading sessions and during this time we seek to develop their comprehension skills by encouragement to talk and engage in group discussions about the text.

Drawing on the expertise of staff from all the year groups, we have developed a specific reading scheme drawing on various resources from established schemes such as:

Oxford Reading Tree

Big Cat Phonics Books

Jelly and Bean Books

Ginn Reading Books

Bug Books

Story Steps

Books are colour coded and each colour co-ordinates with a national curriculum level. During their time at Robertswood, the children work their way through the corresponding colours, to consolidate, develop and expand their reading skills.

How can you help?

Parents play a critical role in helping their children develop not only the ability to read, but also an enjoyment of reading.

We want your child to enjoy reading and develop a love of books during their time at Robertswood School. We have created a recommended reading list for each year group that you can use as a guide for choosing suitable books to share with your child. The new national curriculum says,


“All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.”


“Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.”



Please click on the links at the end of this article to open the relevant Year group reading list you require.


There are also many useful reading lists available online so here are a few of our choices:


Teach your Monster to Read: First Steps is a new, free game to practise the first steps of reading.

Combining top quality games design with essential learning, the game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme.

It has been assessed by reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

This website allows you to choose a booklist according to the type of reader your child is. There is also lots of advice for parents supporting readers with developing this skill.

This site has many book reviews with recommended reads. It is updated regularly to include new releases!

This site provides list of ‘must reads’ for children according to their age range. It includes many newly published books and has topical booklists that vary according to current events.

This site provides you with a list of popular children’s authors, illustrators and publishers.

This site has book lists and a range of reading related activities under each age group.

This site has themed booklists according to your child’s interests. It also has a new ‘monthly pick'.



  1. Year 3
  2. Year 4
  3. Year 5
  4. Year 6
  5. Key Stage 1