Reading is an important part of a child's learning. 


We support the children's reading in school by:


  • One to one reading with an adult

  • Guided reading. This involves reading with same text in a group with an adult and answering questions to check their comprehension,

  • Independent reading


Once children can decode the words it is important to discuss the text to check their comprehension and understanding of the book.

How to help your child at home


  1. Find a good time to read with your child when they are not tired.

  2. Make it short (10 - 15 minutes)

  3. Make it regular - aim for 5 times a week

  4. Let your child use phonics when the word is suitable and let them use initial letter/sounds when it is not.




Here at Underhill we follow the Letters and Sounds Scheme. this is supported by the Ruth Miskin cards.

Phonics workshop presentation

Suggested Reading Lists

Finding books that your children love can be tricky. Please check on the links below for some suggested reading:


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

More mature readers

Reading Schemes


Here at Underhill our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. This is supplemented by other schemes such as:


  • Project X

  • Rapid Reading

  • Rockets

  • Badger Learning