Reading Curriculum

From Nursery to Year 1 we teach children to read phonetically using the Ruth Miskin Read and Write Method which has a clear and straightforward progression. The method includes a series of colour coded books which follow the children’s phonics development in class. Correspondence between Parents and Teachers is encouraged via the Reading Record Notebook. Parents are encouraged to model a natural fluency of expression through the reading of these and other stories. The child’s efforts are praised to help build confidence.

We aim to read with each child individually three times a week.


We help children identify letter shapes and develop the skills of blending and segmenting.

We introduce them to all 44 sounds and corresponding graphemes with lively mnemonics.

As well as reading with each child three times a week, we revise sounds and teach them to decode in their daily English lesson.

Alongside the Ruth Miskin system, we also use The Reading Lesson by Michael Levin and Charon Langton. Once each child is secure with blending, we move on to the first books from Read Write Inc. These are the Ditty books. They give children practice in sound blending which then leads on to them reading single words and subsequently stories.

We would like the children to develop a keen interest in reading and therefore ask all Parents to read with their child as often as possible. The more they practise, the more quickly they will progress.


During individual reading sessions, children revise sounds and practise the decoding strategy. This allows the child to develop their reading skills at their own pace and to progress more efficiently.

Competency in reading and writing is the key to developing independent learning and is considered highly important at Hampton Court House. Our aim is to develop each child’s reading ability with enthusiasm and passion to ensure a continuous progression and a steady development of the child’s interest and love for reading.

Targets in Reading:

Year 1

Children entering in Year 1 are assumed to have basic phonic knowledge, or to have been introduced to the synthetic phonics alphabet and initial sound blends in order to begin the Miskin series of story books. Flashcards may be used to reinforce learning of individual sounds.

Children and parents are shown the preferred method of utilising the sections of the book to reinforce sound blends and sight word reading.

Children are able to progress through the numbered readers once they can demonstrate speed sounds recall, are reading text in a consistent way and can demonstrate that some learning or reinforcement takes place at home.

Along the way, comprehension skills are developed, to denote an understanding of the text. Re-telling the story in the correct sequence is also encouraged.

The reading tutor will be able to anticipate and advise parents of areas of difficulty, for example, as vocabulary becomes more complex or if children have a long gap between reading sessions (school holidays etc). Tutors can also recommend additional resources such as sight word games to help make regular practice fun.

Once the Ruth Miskin readers have been read, the child is guided towards a wider reading selection of longer books and story collections, aimed at widening their vocabulary and building their reading stamina in anticipation of Years 2, 3 and 4.