Reading at Lowfield


From Phonics to novels we ignite a passion for reading in our pupils.

Our Reading Aims

  • To provide a rich and stimulating reading environment.

  • To enable children to read with confidence, accuracy, fluency, understanding and enjoyment.

  • To foster an enthusiasm for and love of reading for life.

  • To identify accurate levels of attainment in reading for each child.

  • To ensure that all children are appropriately challenged.

Children will be taught a full range of strategies for reading including:


Phonics (sounding the letters and blending them together) and visual (whole word recognition with known words);

Contextual (use of picture and background knowledge including knowledge of the world);

Grammatical (which words make sense following standard English grammar).

Reading Online

Here are some useful links to online reading resources that you may find helpful.

Are you looking for more information about phonics?

Looking for information that you can't find? Contact our office on 0114 2552501 or and we will be happy to help you.

At Lowfield we believe in providing quality books for the children to read. In F2, Y1 and initially in Y2, reading books are specifically linked to the phonics phase a child is on.  Children need to read a range of genres so we use fiction and non fiction books in order to develop reading skills.

Reading is taught through a range of experiences including: phonics sessions, guided reading, novel studies, personal reading time, comprehension sessions and library visits.

It is our aim to develop enthusiastic and confident readers who can understand a wide range of texts. Children read for interest, information and enjoyment. Reading is an empowering life skill so at Lowfield our commitment is to give children the best start and develop a love of books and reading for pleasure.

Golden Tickets


At Lowfield Primary School we encourage home reading and the love of books. Golden tickets are awarded to our pupils for reading regularly at home and entitle the children to pick out a book of their choice to keep forever! 

Book Bands


The image below shows the colours or "bands" that books are grouped into. Broadly speaking, children in Foundation 2 will start on pink book band, and gradually work through the colour bands as they progress through school. Lime book band corresponds to a child's reading level at the end of Year 3, which indicates that a child is moving towards being an independent reader, able to read a wider range of texts, beyond a structured system.


Where all children begin



Where children need to be at the end of F2






Where children need to be at the end of Y2









Where children need to be at the end of Y1

Where children need to be at the end of Y3

Where children need to be at the end of Y4

Where children need to be at the end of Y5

Where children need to be at the end of Y6