Downfield Primary School

Downfield Road, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Herts, EN8 8SS

01992 629 598

Welcome back to Autumn 2 everyone; it's lovely to see you all!



Learning to read is one of the most important developments in a child's learning journey. At Downfied we begin supporting this journey with excellent phonics provision and a comprehensive approach to reading instruction. 

Phonics, reading and spelling are inextricably linked and for this reason you will find some information duplicated on the literacy curriculum pages on this website. 

Below you will see the Downfield Reading Cogs. This model underpins our understanding of the core skills in reading: it shows the interrelated elements of our reading provision and demonstrates an understanding of just what is needed to become a proficient and capable reader. As teachers, we use this graphic to support our planning and assessment procedures. 

Teaching children to read involves much more than decoding and understanding the words on a page; at Downfield we are passionate about providing a reading curriculum that not only teaches children to read but encourages them to love literature and enjoy books. 

Reading Policy 

 Reading Policy Summer 2021.docxDownload
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Reading Scheme:

We have very recently updated our reading materials at Downfield. The majority of the scheme books children take home are from the Big Cat Collins range. These are occasionally supplemented by resources from the Oxford Reading Tree range. Further information regarding these materials can be found below. 

A video about our new reading scheme can be found below:

A transcript of the video and further information can be found below:

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 Video transcript and information.pdfDownload
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