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Year 1 Reading



Our school has chosen Sounds-Write as our synthetic phonics programme to support children with early reading.


In Year 1 children are given opportunities to read daily in a number of ways, including;  


  • one-to-one reading with an adult
  • guided reading
  • comprehension activities
  • paired reading
  • reading in lessons across the curriculum
  • reading for pleasure


To ensure your child reaches their full potential in reading, teachers and teaching assistants will listen to them read at least once a week. We also have reading volunteers to support children with reading.


We value working in partnership with you as parents and carers and the significant impact you have on your child’s success as readers. We effectively support you with reading at home through parent workshops and events such as the bedtime reading evening. Children take home reading books from the ‘Sounds-Write’ programme and from a selection of banded books. Regular practice at home really does make a difference. We ask you to listen to your child read every day and sign their reading record book.


In Year 1 we encourage your children to read for pleasure and develop a passion for reading in a variety of ways, including:

  • Providing attractive classroom book areas containing a variety of books and genres which children are encouraged to access throughout the school day.
  • Becoming members of ‘St. T’s 100 book club’ which motivates children to choose 100 books to read and share with their families.
  • Weekly visits to the school library with children choosing their own books and learning how to use a library.
  • Daily carpet sessions with staff sharing stories, poems and non-fiction texts.
  • Careful selection of books and reading materials to celebrate our school’s rich diversity through the joy of reading.  
  • Selecting focus authors. Motivating children to read by finding out more about authors and books they have written.




Please watch this video created by Mrs Ellul, where she goes through the sounds of each letter of the alphabet:


Our Recommended Reading List for Year 1

Year 1 Book List:



Alan’s Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis

Bear by Mick Inkpen

Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

Katie in London by James Mayhew

Lila and the secret of rain by David Conway

Old Bear by Jane Hissey

Oof Makes an Ouch! by Duncan Beedle

Paddington at the Palace by Micheal Bond

Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson   

So Much! by Trish Cooke                                                                                                            

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright                                                                                                                                     

The Bad-tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle                                                                                

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt                                                                           

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr                                                                         

We’re going on a Lion Hunt by David Axtell                                                                              

You Can’t Take an Elephant on a Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck                                      

You Choose! by Pippa Goodhart                                                                                    

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett                                                                                             

Clean up! by Nathan Byron                                                                                                        


When I Grow Up: Sports Heroes by Clare Lloyd                                                                            

Dream Big, Little Leader by Vashti Harrison                                                                            

 Little People, Big Dreams by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara                                                                                  

Rainforests (Usborne Beginners) by Lucy Bowman                                                                    

Who is in the Egg? By Alexandra Milton                                                                                 

Little Explorers: Science by Templar Books                                                                          

Welcome to our World: A Celebration of Children Everywhere by Moira Butterfield

Britannica: First Big Book of Why? by Sally Symes                                                     


Jaws, Claws and Things with Wings by Valerie Bloom                                                             

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree by F. Waters and F. Preston Gannon                  

Inspiring Poems for Amazing Kids by Jolly Jester