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Denbury Primary

Primary School


‘Over the last two decades, there has been a deepening recognition of the fundamental importance of reading as an indicator of a child’s future academic achievement, wellbeing and success in life. The reading and writing of Standard English, alongside proficient language development, is the key to unlocking the rest of the academic curriculum. Pupils who struggle to read struggle in all subjects and the wonders of the curriculum passes them by unread. Fluency of reading is also a key indicator for future success in further education, higher education and employment’ The Reading Framework – Teaching the Foundations of Literacy July 2021

At Denbury Primary School, in Reception and KS1 we use the Phonics Bug Club Scheme to help children learn to read and love to read. First children experience decodable texts that align to the phases for phonics. Bug Club’s well-loved characters, and varied writing styles give children everything they need to become confident readers. Each book contains supporting notes to help parents when reading with their child at home. Children and parents also have access to our ‘Lending Library’, this contains a range of picture books that they can take home and share with their family.

Bug Club has an enormous range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts, captures children’s imagination and nurtures lifelong readers. Developing confident and motivated readers, Bug Club combines over 500 finely levelled books with interactive eBooks and an online reading world, giving your children manageable steps in reading progression and a real sense of ongoing achievement as they move through the levels. Teachers allocate books to individual pupils for home reading and assess their progress instantly. A truly engaging interactive world alive with characters they know and love and a sophisticated reward system helps to keep them motivated reading books.

Wherever children want to read – Bug Club will be there. In the classroom, at home, on the move. Bug Club takes children on a personalised reading journey where the only limits are their imaginations.

 Every child in reception and key stage one have their own Bug Club account, simply click on this link and log in to access - https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login.php?c=0

 Please read these guides to find out more about the scheme and how you can support your child with their reading –

Bug Club Parents Guide Bug Club Pupil Guide Guide to Phonics

Bug Club Phonics Phoneme Posters Guide to Bug Club Book Bands

In KS2 we use the Accelerated Reader Scheme which allows children to constantly make progress with their reading skills through regularly participating in online quizzes and being exposed to regular feedback from those quizzes. AR produces “particularly positive effects” according to an independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Durham University. “The internet-based programme increased the reading age of pupils by three additional months in just 22 weeks. The effect on low-income pupils was even greater, with their reading age improving by five additional months in the same amount of time.”

As children move onto the AR scheme they are given their own user name and password, simply click on this link to log in to access - https://ukhosted43.renlearn.co.uk/1896570/default.aspx

More information on our approach to reading in school can be found on the curriculum page - https://www.denbury.devon.sch.uk/English/

Please also follow these links to documents and websites that will support you with reading to your child at home.



 Book Chat Guide Enjoy Reading Guide 7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home