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I Can Read With My Eyes Shut

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss


Here at Barry Primary School, we follow the DFE's Letters and Sounds programme right from Nursery.  Our reading scheme has been carefully chosen to follow this programme.  It is called 'Collins Big Cat for Letters and Sounds'.

Your child will bring home books from the scheme which match their fluency level in Phonics.

We also truly value the wonderful worlds that other books can take us to.  We share quality texts that are beyond our individual phonics level, outside of our own experiences and that represent the diversity in the world around us.  Class teachers choose class reads and we encourage you to share these texts, as well as all of the classics we know and love at home with your children too!

Our reading lessons develop our decoding and understanding skills.  Our reading VIPERS help us to develop the following skills:

  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Explanation
  • Recall and Retrieval
  • Sequencing and Summarising


The books we love provide a 'hook' for our writing and inspire the children to produce incredible pieces of work.  Our children experience a rich variety of quality literature and are encouraged to become authors in their own right.  As an approach, we value discussion, which is why we use Talk for Writing to allow the children to develop their ideas and understand the structures of each genre.

Phonics - Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds is the programme we follow at Barry Primary School to support the principles and practice of high quality phonics.  Phonics lessons aim to teach the pronunciation of the pure sounds, which supports children learning how to read and write.

Our Library

"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall."

Roald Dahl

"If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book."

J.K. Rowling

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

Roald Dahl

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