At Otterburn First School we strongly feel that reading is an essential life skill and is at the heart of the whole curriculum. 

Systematic phonics teaching begins as soon as the children have settled into Reception and continues throughout all year groups as the most effective strategy for teaching spelling as well as reading.  We use Read, Write, Inc. scheme because it provides a systematic and concentrated approach.  The scheme is used as a focus for guided reading and writing activities and children work in groups that are matched to their reading attainment.  All children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 receive at least one guided reading sessions per week with their class teacher. 

All children will have home reading books which are colour coded so that the children can choose from the level that matches their reading attainment. To ensure that the children experience reading across genres and that they read a rich variety of books, we use a range of reading schemes including Big Cat, Usborne, Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn and PM books.

 Children are also able to borrow books from both our school library and from the Northumberland County Council mobile library, which visits our school once every three weeks.