Children at our partnership are taught to read using the "Letters and Sounds" phonics scheme. Phonics sounds should be pronounced in a particular way for ease of learning. Please see Oxford Owl's Pure Sounds video to find out how each sound should be said.


All staff are committed to helping every child read by 6yrs old. This commitment begins in Foundation where children are systematically taught the most common phonemes, or sounds. 

Once children are confident readers they then begin to explore other reading schemes, helping them to consolidate their reading skills. 

For more information on how to support your child with reading at home, take a look at our Phonics, Reading and Writing Page under the Home Learning tab above.

Additional Reading


The most effective way of teaching reading is through small-group guided sessions. This may include individual reading with an adult or a small group session known as Guided Reading. We also encourage parents to share quality texts for pleasure with their children in the form of a bedtime story every day. This aids children’s vocabulary development and in turn helps develop their writing skills.


Our Libraries


We are very proud of our Libraries as they offer a wealth of books covering various topics including a significant number of fiction titles for all abilities.


At Parsons Down, children have access to the school libraries (one at the Infants and another at the Juniors). Children can borrow a book for 1 week before returning it and renewing it or exchanging it for another. Renewals and exchanges are done in the allotted class time. If there are any issues with books, the librarian is available during breaktime on Tuesdays at the Infants and lunchtime on Mondays at the Juniors.


Reading and Book Events

The Libraries also work alongside the English Department, running some fun reading programmes throughout the year. One of our most successful events is the annual Book Swap – where children are encouraged to bring in a book that they no longer want and swap it for a book that someone else has donated. 


We have also been very fortunate to have been visited by authors Simon Murray, Peter Murray and Ruth Wheeler. 

*Please note that our libraries are closed currently due to Covid-19 restrictions. The children still have access to library books in their classes which are refreshed on a regular basis by their class teacher.*

Parsons Down Infant School

Paynesdown Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3TE


Tel: 01635 862475


Parsons Down Junior School

Herons Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3SR


Tel: 01635 866700


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