The ability to read is a key life skill.
Our students learn phonics using Read Write Inc, the phonics scheme of Oxford University Press. When it is appropriate they transition to our reading scheme, which is also from OUP. We use the Oxford Reading Tree, and the Alien Adventures series.
Books that students read are designed to be appropriate to their reading ability, and their age. We monitor progress regularly using running reading records. When they reach an appropriate level students switch to free reading, and are able to choose any of the books from our library.