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Reading at Meath Green Infant School

Brilliant Books - Please see below a list of 10 brilliant and highly recommended picture books for each year group. We believe that giving children experience of high quality books will not only enhance their literacy skills but also inspire them to engage with books and develop a life long love of reading!


Children develop a life-long love of reading and will read for pleasure both in school and at home. They enjoy listening to high-quality stories and will join in with enthusiasm. They will also be exposed to a wide range of genres and develop a breadth of vocabulary through reading different styles of books. Children will have a secure knowledge of phonics and apply this confidently to their reading to enable them to be confident and fluent readers. They will have a secure understanding of what they are reading, make inferences and talk in detail about a range of texts.

Phonics Scheme

We use the DfE validated phonics scheme 'Essential Letters and Sounds' (ELS) to teach daily phonics lessons. ELS is a full systematic, synthetic phonics scheme which covers all requirements of the EYFS and National Curriculum for reading. The scheme has been carefully planned to ensure phonics lessons are of high quality, engaging and repetitive. The progression of phonics from Reception to Year 1 ensures that all children learn to read, gain a love of reading and extend their vocabulary. Children read fully decodable books which match to each week of learning. This ensures that children will read books which only include sounds and words they have been taught.

Phonics Sounds Videos 

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Children will develop a love for writing. They will confidently express their ideas and experiences through writing for a range of purposes including fiction, non-fiction and poetry and be excited by having a context for writing. They will then build up a wide range of interesting and appropriate vocabulary. Children will have a secure knowledge of phonics and apply this to their writing, spelling many words correctly. They will also use punctuation accurately and produce grammatically accurate sentences and will apply their knowledge of writing to all subjects across the curriculum.

Children are taught the correct formation of letters using the correct strokes required to enable them to join their letters. They will also take pride in having well-presented writing.