Reading and Phonics

At St John’s Green Primary School we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme to teach your children to read. This guide is designed to help you, as parents, understand ‘Letters and Sounds’so that you can support your child at home. Although ‘Letters and Sounds’ is a phonics teaching programme, it is also fun so ...enjoy!
Below are some resources to support you as parents in teaching your child to read using 'Letters and Sounds'.
The letter below details the changes we are making to the way we colour code our reading books so they link directly to the phases of letters and Sounds that your child is learning.
At St John's Green Primary School the expectation is that parents read with their children at least 5x a week and that this is recorded in their reading diary.
Parents make a significant difference to their children's reading development and children where parents both read to and listen to their children are more secure in their learning and academic development.
Below are some resources to support parents in reading with your children including games and activities.
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At St John's Green we have 'Core Books' that we use each academic year. These core books are embedded across our curriculum.

Core books


Owl babies

Handa’s surprise

My World Your World  Melanie Walsh

Life cycle of a chicken Angla Royston

The Great Pet Sale

Shopping Basket


Year 1


Fantastic Fox

Flat Stanley 

Fairs Tales – Modern versions

Down Behind the dustbin Michael Rosen

My Rainbow of friends PK Hallianian

Amazing Grace Mary Hoffman

Questions and answers about Animals – Katie Daynes  Marie-Eve Trembley

One Hundred Hungry Ants


Year 2

Anthony Browne The Tunnel

Mr Stink


Macavity the Mystery cat –

Anansi stories, The Leopards Drum

NF - deadly 60 Steve Backshall (any book in the series)

A place for Zero


Year 3

Until I met Dudley Roger McGough and Chris Riddell

George Marvelou Medicine – Roald Dahl

Firework Makers’s Daughter  Philip Pulman

There’s a Viking in my bedroom Jemery Strong

Anglo Saxons and Vikings (Hazel Maskell & Abigail Wheatley) 

Two Mrs Gibson's - Toyomi Igus,

A remainder of one

Magic Box  Kit Wright


Year 4


Danny the Champion of the Worlds

Thieves of Ostia – Caroline Lawrence

The Iron Man

The Owl and the Pussycat

How many Jelly Beans


Year 5

Anne Frank- Josphine Poole

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Rose Blanche

Wolf Brother

Secrets of Stonehenge

Oranges in No Man's Land

Taste of Gods and Pharaohs


Mummy Maths

How big is a Million


Year 6

Middle of Nowhere

Ancient Greek

Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone

Prviate Peaceful

The Rabbit Problem

The Highway Man Alfred Noyes

You wait til I’m older than you Michael Rosen