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National Curriculum Programmes of Study

KS2 Book Club

Phonic Progression

It is expected that children will move up to Key Stage 2 working securely at Phase 5 or beyond. Pupils continue to learn spelling rules and patterns even as they move through the juniors.

During each writing lesson, children typically work through three ‘learning chunks,’ where various sentence types are modelled and they are challenged to edit them through the three zones of writing. Short video animations are sometimes used as hooks for writing, as well as a selection of highly stimulating books e.g.


  • Simon Sock by Sue Hendra
  • The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson
  • The Tin Forest by Helen Ward
  • Wisp: A story of Hope by Zana Fraillon
  • The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers
  • The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone


…plus many, many, many more!

Useful websites:

Useful apps:


  • Pocket Phonics
  • Kids ABC Phonics
  • Phonics Genius
  • Squeebles
  • Spelling tic, tac, toe

How to support your child's Literacy development at home!


Reading, Reading, Reading!


Time and time again, research shows that learning to read – and to love to read – is directly linked to children’s academic success and happiness. To support your child, read to and with them often.


The bedtime story is all too often cast aside in our increasingly busy, technology-driven world. However, it remains fundamental in supporting our children’s language development. The more a child reads, the larger their vocabulary becomes, and although e-books can be another lovely way to share a story or non-fiction book together, they should be balanced with reading hard copies so that children experience different skills required for reading from a page and reading from a screen.


You may also notice that your child has certain ‘go to’ books that they just love to hear again and again. If this is the case, embrace it! Hearing favourite stories read aloud helps children become aware of the pattern and rhythm of text. Teaching nursery rhymes and songs also helps with this.


In addition to reading aloud yourself, you can support your child by listening to them read their coloured banded books from school. This will help build their confidence and is an opportunity for you to reinforce the skills they are being taught in school.


We strongly advise that all children read for a minimum of twenty minutes each night and request that parents sign their children’s reading records. As children enter Key Stage 2 and become more independent, they may wish to comment and sign themselves.

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