Hope School Reading Scheme & Reading Resources


The reading scheme is organised into National Book Bands.


All reading schemes from different publishers are coded in various ways; level one of one scheme may be very different from level one of another scheme. The books in our reading scheme are organised into colour band boxes. The colour of the book band does not necessarily correspond to the colour on the books and books from within the same stage may not all be from the same book band.


Book Bands


  • Pink Level – emergent reading / EYFS
  • Red Level – EYFS
  • Yellow  – National Curriculum level 1
  • Blue – National Curriculum Level 1
  • Green  – National Curriculum level 1
  • Orange – National Curriculum level 1
  • Turquiose – Working towards level 2
  • Purple – National Curriculum 2C
  • Gold – National Curriculum Level 2B
  • White – working towards level 3

Hope School Reading Scheme

We currently use texts from oxford Reading Tree, Jelly and Bean and Ginn All Aboard. These are all core texts. 

Our reading scheme is strongly weighted by –Oxford Reading Tree’s range of fiction includes Biff, Chip and Kipper stories, fully decodable Songbirds written by best-selling author Julia Donaldson and Snapdragons 60 titles with all the fun of picture books with built-in progression. We have texts from stage 1 – stage 7. 

About Oxford Reading Tree Scheme…

ORT supports the simple view of reading – with word recognition, language comprehension and speaking and listening skills embedded.

It compromises of multi-layered stories follow characters through real plots from the earliest stages of reading.

Magic Page

Hope School has a site license for Magic Page so each class can have access to electrical resources to support texts. Magic page fully supports ORT texts.

This program is designed to support the reading scheme by…

Sharing the delight of Oxford Reading Tree stories by turning the pages on screen like a real book, and exploring, editing and changing the stories

Stimulating discussion and enrich the story-telling experience with cross-curricular videos, multimedia images, audio and interactive activities for every story

Exploring what makes a good story, including interviews with Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta – providing the perfect springboard into writing

Embedding the simple view of reading with Speaking, Listening, Reading, Phonics and Comprehension activities on paper and on screen.

Songbirds Phonics is a systematic phonics programme for developing pupils’ early reading skills.

We have Songbirds phonics Stage 1-stage 6 of ORT.

Songbirds Phonics combines 60 real phonic stories, written by best-selling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson; with interactive whiteboard software to deliver the requirements for high quality phonics teaching.

About ORT Snapdragons

A rich mix of fiction to widen pupils’ reading experience within a structured scheme.

Written by top children’s authors with illustrations to capture your pupils’ imaginations.

Gentle progression ensures pupils can read independently.

Perfect for independent, group and guided reading

Levelled into Oxford Reading Tree Stages and Book Bands for ease-of-use

Teaching Notes for every stage, saving you hours of preparation

Jelly & Bean

Jelly & Bean Reading scheme is a relatively new reading scheme 1st published in March 2000 and written by Marlene Greenwood. This scheme has proved to be very popular for Special Needs pupils and is believed to increase confidence in reading. The scheme is organised by series’ –

The stories introduce several animal characters – Jelly, Bean, (Brother & sister -cats) Wellington, Kevin, Lotty (family of dogs), Mum, Dad, Billy, Milly, Tilly &Tom (family of pigs)

The Jelly and Bean Series Collection

Reception A Series & Extra – these introduce all the lowercase letters of the alphabet, some capital letters and some tricky words.

Reception A Series Digraphs – sh, ch, th, ng, some capital letters, some tricky words

B Series & Extra – all lowercase letters and words that cannot be guessed from the pictures, some tricky words.

Pig Family Series – these books are to reinforce all of the vocabulary used in the reception series.

Rhyming CVC series – easy rhyming stories designed to follow Reception Series

Pig Family Blends Series – these introduce adjacent consonants CCVC, only use short vowel sounds a e i o u used throughout, these texts are repetitive to reinforce blending process.

Consonants, Blends & Clusters Series – consonant digraphs th, ch, sh, ng, word endings ck, ll, ss, ff, tch, nch, focus is on short vowel sounds, a few tricky words may contain long vowel sounds.

Long Vowel Series – these introduce graphemes (spelling) with long vowel sounds ai, ee, ie, oa, ue.

English Vowels set 2 – one spelling of each vowel sound.

Gold Series – soft c, soft g, these books assume knowledge of long vowel sounds

To support the series’ there are worksheets and additional resources such as

  • Stickers for motivation & encouragement
  • Word cards to support texts
  • Photocopyable material to support texts
  • Sound cards with hints for the teaching of letter formation
  • 36 alphabet flashcards – A-Z, double letters ff ll ss zz and digraphs ck, ch, th, sh, ng, ph

Ginn all aboard

All Aboard is not just a reading scheme, but a speaking, listening and writing scheme. The All Aboard scheme is divided into three strands with a range of material for each strand and at each level. The Sam and Rosie books are to develop reading for meaning. These are structured and would generally be read in order. The Pattern and Rhyme books concentrate on developing awareness of sounds within words, and the Non-Fiction books help develop reading for information.

Progression through the reading scheme

Recording Progress

For each level of the scheme there is a reading record which should be kept for every student on the scheme to record progress. These are included in this book; the relevant page should be photocopied, and kept in the curriculum file. All primary classes have red reading folders & reading records. Pupils are encouraged to read daily in school and take reading books home to share with parents.

Reading boxes

The books within each stage are kept in numbered boxes. The number is printed on the inside cover and all books must be returned to the appropriate box. 

Sensory Reading

Sensory learners have access to a range of reading resources. Students have access to sensory stories, sound stories and topic based learning. Sensory stories aim to engage learners within stories using the senses – these stories are delivered using; touch, sound, smells, vision and objects of reference.