Mount Nod Primary

Reading at Mount Nod

Reading is at the heart of everything we do at Mount Nod. It is the key to
understanding the world around us and prepares us for life. Our goal is to
enable our pupils to read confidently, accurately, fluently and with
understanding. We encourage an interest in words and their meanings
ensuring that new vocabulary is taught across the curriculum.

We have recently renewed our reading scheme which is organised into colour
bands. These bands allow children to make a guided choice when reading. Children
are heard to read by teachers and other adults regularly in school and we have a
growing and supportive team of parent/ carer volunteers who come in to hear our
children read. At the beginning of each year they are provided with training to enable them to use a range of reading strategies with the children. Our teachers also understand the importance of being reading role models and share their own reading choices with the children in their class.

Reading opportunities
We give the children many opportunities to read throughout the day. Reading is
highlighted and applied in every area of the curriculum. The children also take part in
whole class guided reading, independent reading sessions to practise skills and
story time is an important and enjoyable part of each day. Some year groups
have the opportunity to take part in our Reading Gladiators reading groups. Our Year 6 children also share books with their 'buddies' in Reception each week.
Throughout the year we have days that highlight the importance of reading in school.
These events include World Book Day and Vocabulary Day and we
have a strong link to our local library with regular visits taking place. 

Parental support
At Mount Nod we understand the important role parents play in fostering a lifelong love of reading in our children. The more frequently parents and children can talk, play games and read together, the more successful they will be in later life. During the year look out for our Reading Workshops for parents which provide information, ideas and resources.

Special Educational Needs
Pupils with Special Educational Needs follow the same curriculum as their peers.
Where appropriate this may be adapted or differentiated. Children who make slower
progress with reading are heard to read more frequently across the week.
We are addressing the needs of our Dyslexic children by providing training for
teaching staff and developing Dyslexia friendly strategies within the classroom.
Children who need additional help can access additional support through structured,
multi-sensory activities.

Click here to see how you can help your child with reading at home.

Please click here to find lots of information about reading with your child including recommended reads for each age group. When you open the link, click on 'Milestones' for the age group you would like.

Our Library

Mount Nod is proud of its well-stocked library where all children can choose a book to take home.

The library is a cosy and inviting place for classes to share a story and a great place for children to do their own research.  Children are able to access the library independently at lunchtimes.

We are also proud to have links with Tile Hill library.

Our Reading Partners

Mount Nod values support from members of the local community.

Our Reading Partners scheme trains parents and community members to read with children, from which they quickly build a relationship that has a positive impact through the fun and worthwhile experience of sharing a book together. Any parent that wishes to be involved should contact the school.


At Mount Nod school we follow a structured synthetics phonics programme, using a combination of Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics and Read Write Inc strategies. The National phonics programme we use is divided into 6 stages. These stages are shown below. Some children will be ahead of the expected phase and some will need additional support to help them achieve this.

Phase 1 – Nursery

Phase 2 – Reception

Phase 3 – Reception

Phase 4 - Reception

Phase 5 – Year 1

Phase 6 – Year 2

Click here for further information about each of these phases.

In Early Years, children listen and respond to a variety of every day sounds, recreating them and talking about ways in which they are similar or different. In our Reception year, children begin to learn their phase 2, 3 and 4 phonemes or sounds and match them to the letters of the alphabet. 

Children are taught to blend or sound out phonemes to read a variety of words and segment or break down the sounds into simple words for spelling. Jolly Phonics gives children an action for each sound, which helps children to learn in a multi-sensory way. 

In Year 1, children work through their phase 5 phonemes and learn more about the different ways in which each phoneme can be spelt. They also learn about the different pronunciations made by different letters or groups of letters, such as 'a' in 'ask' and ‘a’ in 'wash.' Children are taught the correct phonics terminology during lessons and may come home using these words. To support you in sharing this vocabulary with your children we have provided a glossary for you to use.

Click here to view the Phonics glossary.

At the end of Year 1, the children’s knowledge is assessed using the National Phonics Check. This tests their ability to read a range of Real and Nonsense words. Those children who did not pass their Year 1 phonics check will be able to retake the test at the end of Year 2. 

Year 1 parents will be invited to a Phonics information meeting during the Autumn term. During this meeting we will share information about the Phonics check, how we teach phonics in school and how you could further support your child’s learning at home. 

From Year 2 onwards, children continue to work on their phonics knowledge and begin to focus on segmenting for spelling, spelling rules and strategies using our No Nonsense spelling scheme. 

It is important that as children learn their phonemes they should pronounce them correctly. To help with this, please use the link below.

Click here for more information to help support your child with learning phonemes.

Click here to see the Phoneme sound mats.