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East Preston Infant School

East Preston Infant School


IntentDfE Validated Phonics Scheme And Ofsted-Ready

At East Preston Infant School, we believe that Reading is an important part of a child's development and transition into adulthood. We aim for the children to become confident, literate young people who communicate effectively and develop a love of reading for pleasure both widely and often, alongside the acquisition of knowledge.


Our pupils develop their early reading skills through daily lessons using the DfE validated Monster Phonics programme from the very beginning of Reception through to the end of Year 2.  Phonetically matched books are used in guided reading sessions which take place in small groups to develop fluency, prosody (expression and intonation) and comprehension.

Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely through regularly taking home books to share with their family from the class ‘Book Nook’ and a weekly visit to our amazing school library. Children are able to choose books according to their own interests in order to develop a greater sense of enjoyment. Planned story time sessions enable children to access a rich range of reading materials where key reading skills are explored. Children are also immersed into a wide variety of texts across other curriculum areas.

Alongside this the children are exposed to a wider range of reading experiences throughout the year, such as World Book Day events, visits from authors, half termly themes within the class ‘Book Nook’, the library service Summer Reading Challenge, participation in the Picture Books Awards and termly library van visits.

Intended Impact

Through Reading, our children will:

  • become happy, confident readers who have developed the key skills and knowledge necessary for the next stage of their learning
  • read regularly for information and enjoyment
  • be able to discuss books with excitement and interest
  • have developed a love of reading across a range of genres and authors


Reading Progression Overview
Reading Milestones
Reading Learning Journey
  EPIS Reading & Phonics Policy - January 2024