Bug Club Guided

Inspire your children and develop their reading comprehension

What is Bug Club Guided?

A robust guided reading programme with over 250 engaging texts across Key Stage 1 and 2, Bug Club Guided helps children master fluency and deepen comprehension. 

Guided Reading is broken into KS1/P1-3 and KS2/P4-7 packages, with each approached differently to better suit the stage of your children’s development. 

Professional development courses are also available which have been shown to help improve the results of using the resources. 


What's the Bug Club approach for guided reading?


Bug Club Guided Reading at Key Stage 1 is centred around books your children want to read. Time saving guided reading cards accompany each of the books and cover multiple sessions that go into depth with each text. These focus on questions that will challenge and grow your children’s comprehension skills. There are also accompanying photocopiable activities to support each title and extend learning.

Bug Club Guided at Key Stage 2 uses weekly teaching cycles that apply eight key learning strategies, including three key questions.  

What can Bug Club Guided help my school achieve? 

Over an 18-month period, we conducted very detailed research with University College London to understand the impact Bug Club had on learning.  You can find a summary of the research here  (PDF 120 KB) and the full report here.  (PDF 524 KB)  

The report showed Bug Club Guided can help you with:   

  • Raising attainment - After 18 months pupils using Bug Club were 11 months ahead of their expected reading age*  
  • Closing the gap - After just half a year, Bug Club had a significant impact on reading gains for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium, helping to close the gap between them and students not on Pupil Premium.   
  • Consistent delivery of comprehension teaching across school: With a clear teaching cycle and supportive structure  
  • Increased pupil confidence in reading comprehension: Evidenced in pupil workbooks and though discussion  
  • Pupils have a deeper understanding of texts: The powerful and proven talk-based approach will prepare them for their next stage of learning and help them meet age related outcomes.  
  • Raising standards across the curriculum: As children apply the higher order thinking skills throughout their learning  
  • Engaging and enthusing learners: Receiving 100% positive evaluations from Key Stage 1 children, a stimulating array of whole texts and interactive online books encourages discussion and debate.  
  • A reduced workload: 73% of teachers surveyed told us it saved them time 





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What's in Bug Club Guided? 

  • 133 beautiful print and ebooks that children want to read at Key Stage 1 and 120 at Key Stage 2  
  • Multi session guided reading cards at Key Stage 1   
  • Weekly teaching cards to help you structure your teaching at Key Stage 2  
  • Pupil workbooks which, as part of the teaching cycle, move on your children’s comprehension, develop their vocabulary, and provide an opportunity for meaningful formative assessment and evidence collection 
  • An online teacher toolkit packed with additional teaching support, including weekly and daily plans, supporting audio/visual resources and more 

"I liked the look of it straight away. I was impressed by how well it was structured, the range of texts, and the bright, colourful workbooks."

Katherine Richards
Headteacher, Tupton Primary and Nursery School

Next steps

See free samples

Now you know more about Bug Club, you can get immediate access to nine free book samples, and three teaching guidance samples.

They include snapshots of KS1/P1-3 and KS2/P4-7 titles from Independent and Guided packages, across a range of genres.

Try some free samples


Already convinced?

Book a free demo for your school, so one of our consultants can show you how Bug Club will work for your school and your reading requirements. Book a free demo in your school

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* Results after 18 months from an independent study carried out by leading academics from UCL Institute of Education (IOE), in partnership with the Pearson UK Research Team. Research was conducted with KS1 children, with findings on progression based on pupils being ahead of the control group. Read about the study.

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