Coronavirus Closure

Following government guidelines, Riverside Academy is now closed. The Cedars Academy in Birstall will be open to children of key workers at Cedars, Humphrey Perkins, Martin High and our primaries, Highcliffe, Riverside and Hallam Fields who have registered for a place

Reading & Phonics
Reading & Phonics

Reading at Riverside

The reading scheme in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 is organised into the nationally used Book Bands system, enabling books to be graded according to difficulty and content. Different colours are assigned to each band. Within each band, there is a range of genres, for example fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and a range of different reading schemes. Children take home a reading record book for parents to make comments in when they hear their children read.

Book bands

The books get progressively harder as children go through the bands.


We use Read, Write Inc as our phonics / reading scheme in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
For more information on Read, Write Inc. click here. and here.