Phonics and Reading

At Mareham, we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to not only achieve academically but also to have a lifelong love of books and take pleasure from reading.  To ensure we teach reading successfully we implement the following across the whole school:

  • Each classroom has a reading area where children are encouraged to select from a wide range of appropriate books. 
  • A selection of books are directly linked to the class topic; this offers opportunities for children to apply their reading skills across the curriculum.
  • Children are read to each day by their class teacher.
  • Children who are not yet free readers will work through our school reading scheme. These books are levelled books that match the child’s current phonics phase.
  • Reading is part of homework which is set weekly. Children are required to read and add comments to their reading records.
  • Children in EYFS and KS1 will have daily, discreet phonics sessions. These sessions follow the phases of letters and sounds, blending for reading and segmenting for spelling is covered. They also look at reading focus phonemes within the context of real books.

Discovery Espresso - Please use provided home login details to access lots of phonics and reading support at home.  

HERE are some suggested book titles for each year group 



At Mareham, we endeavor to instill a love for literacy. We wish for every child to leave our school with the skills of a writer who:

  • Has the ability to write with fluency and has an author’s voice.
  • Thinks about the impact their writing will have on a reader and knows how to achieve this.
  • Has an extensive range of vocabulary and a secure knowledge of writing techniques enabling them to extend details or descriptions.
  • Can structure or organise their writing to suit the genre and include a variety of sentence structures.
  • Displays excellent transcription skills ensuring their writing is well spelt, punctuated and presented.
  • Is able to re-read, edit and improve their writing ensuring every piece is their best and an improvement upon the last.

Whilst children attend Mareham, we ensure they experience a range of genres carefully planned with a focus on exploring a range of models of excellence and using these to support the drafting and editing stages. We ensure that writing opportunities are rich and varied not only in literacy lessons but also in all subjects across the curriculum.


Grammar and Punctuation Progression Through the School

grammar and punctuation progression for website.pdf

English Primary Games

English Interactive Games

BBC Literacy Links

English Spelling Games

Interactive Literacy Games

Reading Website-information/e-books


English games

National Expectations for Spellings

word list Y3 and Y4.pdf

word list Y5 andY6.pdf