Tidbury Green School

Tidbury Green School

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Reading at Tidbury Green

Please click on the link below to view our “Reading Mission Statement”

Reading Mission Statement 


Reading is a fundamental part of learning at Tidbury Green. We strongly believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ learning across the curriculum, their ability to be independent and their future life choices. At Tidbury Green School we share a real passion for reading and a love of books. That is why you will see and hear us ‘bragging about books’. From our weekly ‘Book Brag’ to our annual World Book Day celebrations, we love any excuse to indulge in our passion for reading. As educators, we know that the development of reading skills is crucial to the progress that children make. Therefore, we are committed to supporting our children in becoming confident, effective and passionate readers, as well as lifelong learners.

The Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) is the reading scheme used here at Tidbury Green to develop our early readers.

Reading Vipers – The Literacy Shed

In KS1 and KS2, the development of key comprehension skills in reading is supported by the use of ‘The Literacy Shed’s’ Reading Vipers. By using Reading Vipers, we are able to ensure that the children develop the reading skills required as part of the Content Domains in the National Curriculum. The use of Reading Vipers alongside the daily use of high quality and engaging texts, allows us to embed the foundations of fluent, capable and confident young readers.

Please click on the links below to see how you can support your child with reading.

KS1 VIPERS Question Stems 

KS2 VIPERS Question Stems 

Phonics – developing early readers

At Tidbury Green School, we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme of work when teaching phonics. This starts when children join us in Nursery (or before, if they are a member of Little Wrens) and continues through to Year 2. Through daily phonics sessions we are able to effectively support the development of our early readers.

Our phonics teaching is also supplemented with aspects of ‘Jolly Phonics’ and ‘Read, Write, Inc’.

Please click on the links below.

Phonics Progression Map  

Phonics Tricky Words 

Year 1 Common Exception Words

Year 2 Common Exception Words

Useful links






At Tidbury Green, we are very fortunate to have an amazingly vibrant and well-stocked library that offers the children access to a range of fiction and non-fiction books. We encourage the children to select books to read for enjoyment that they can then share with their family.

Please click on the links below to view the recommended reading lists for each year group.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


At Tidbury Green School, we use the ‘Twinkl Spelling’ schemes of work as a pathway to develop competent spellers. This focuses on teaching the children strategies that support them in their spelling of words by identifying patterns, rules and common exceptions. This is particularly useful in helping the children in Years 3 to 6 learn their statutory spellings. The use of phonics is encouraged through the use of the ‘Complex Speeds Sounds Chart’ to support children in the spelling of increasingly unfamiliar words.  

Please click on the links below.

Complex Speed Sounds Chart 

Years 3-4 Statutory Spelling list 

Years 5-6 Statutory Spelling list