Reading at Ambergate

Reading at Ambergate

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How do we teach reading at Ambergate?

•      Daily phonics through the use of Phonics Bug

•      Learning words by sight in class

•      Guided reading through our English curriculum – reading as a class

•      Reading comprehension tasks through the use of tailored reading comprehension booklets

•      Independent reading – each pupil is assigned a reading book and reading record which is read

        daily in class and taken home to be read by parent/carer


Phonics Bug – KS1 & KS2

Phonics Bug is fast-paced – pupils start to read after learning just eight phonemes. The scheme

combines fun 100% decodable books with BBC CBeebies video and whole class teaching software that gives us a range of aural, visual and kinaesthetic phonic activities to appeal to all the pupils in Lower school.

Bridging Bands and Bug Club – KS1, KS2, KS3 & KS4

Bridging Bands and Bug Club is a fantastic collection of finely levelled fiction and non-fiction books, and eBooks, covering a variety of topics and themes that our pupils enjoy.


With interesting illustrations and chunked texts, each book is age-appropriate and finely levelled to ensure we will always have the right book for each pupil. 

Reading system:


Book system

Assessment order


Phonics Bug books

Phase 2 set 1-2 up to Phase 5 set 27

Phase 5 Orange A, B, All levels

Phase 5 Turquoise A, B, All levels

Phase 6 Purple A, B, All levels

Phase 6 Gold A, B, All levels


Bridging Bands

White A, B, All levels

Lime A, B, All levels


Bug Club 

Brown A, B, All levels

Grey A, B, All levels

Blue A, B, All levels

Red A, B, All levels

Red Plus A

Red Plus B


Free reader

Pupils are able to select appropriate books which can allow them to progress with their reading

Functional Skills English – Edexcel
14 – 16

Edexcel Functional Skills are qualifications in English that equip pupils with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully.

They are available in England at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2.

Suitable for pupils of all ages, they are also a mandatory part of all Apprenticeship frameworks in England.

GCSE English Language – OCR

Straightforward to teach – A simple assessment structure, mirrored in each component, makes it easier to create an accessible curriculum for pupils of differing abilities and interests.

Ensuring accessibility – An equal emphasis on non-fiction and fiction texts and thematically linked functional and creative writing tasks provides a clear pathway through each component.

Clear progression – This qualification is the ideal foundation to progress to AS and A Level English qualifications and can also be taught alongside OCR Living texts as an alternative to GCSE English Literature.

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