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Elmhurst School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust

Big Cat Collins Reading Scheme

Application of Phonics to Reading & Beyond

Children need to be given regular opportunities to apply the phonics they have learned to reading fully decodable books. The 'BIG Cat Collins' reading books from Phase 2 through to Phase 5, match the progression of 'Little Wandle: Letters and Sounds Revised' and enable every child in Reception and Year 1 to read confidently and fluently at home. These books are also available to those children in Year 2 and above who need additional time to learn how to apply their phonics to reading. Once automatic and fluent reading has been established, the children continue through the 'BIG Cat Collins' reading scheme until they are 'Free Readers'. 


In addition, our children have a library slot each week in which they can choose a library book to take home and read for pleasure.  The library is regularly updated through the Buckinghamshire Schools Library Service to ensure books are up-to-date and appropriate to our learners. 


Parents and children are actively encouraged to share both of these books together every evening so that reading fluency and reading for pleasure remain at the heart of our curriculum.  Our home learning activities, linked to each Key Stage topic, also give our children further cross-curricular reading opportunities at home. 


At Elmhurst we celebrate and value our reading achievement at every level, and aim to provide a stimulating Hygge reading environment in which our children make good progress and develop a lifelong love of reading. Just take a look at some of our reading areas across the school: [to be added soon!]  

Page last updated: 14/09/21