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Hillsborough Nursery & Primary School

Believe. Belong. Become.


At Hillsborough Primary School we develop children's belief in themselves as learners by instilling a love of reading and writing. Our pupils belong to a community of readers and writers and we provide opportunities to engage with others both in school and at home. 


We ensure that no child leaves school without the basic skills of reading and writing in order to further their life chances and become successful in their future learning.


Phonics and Early Reading


Phonics is taught daily from Foundation Stage through to Year 2. We use the Little Wandle phonics programme. 


Further information and advice for parents/carers is available on our Phonics page.




Key Stage 1 Curriculum Content


  • In Year 1 there is an emphasis on the ‘mechanical’ teaching of reading with phonics being the central way this is developed. Pupils are given many opportunities within school to practice their reading.  
  • In Year 2 pupils have 3 x reading sessions per week and are grouped according to their phonic ability.
  • In Year 1 and 2 pupils have a weekly ‘book study’ that exposes them to vocabulary and themes that they may not encounter in phonic led books.


Key Stage 2 Curriculum


From Year 3 to Year 6 reading is developed and pupils are exposed to a range of different text types. They also receive one ‘book study’ lesson a week.


For more detailed information please visit our policies page.