Phonics and Reading

We place a strong emphasis on phonics in the early years of learning to read because we believe this lays the foundations for successful reading. The teaching of phonics begins when the children start school through the use of Letters and Sounds, where sounds are introduced at a rate of one a day through the autumn and spring terms, sounds are consolidated in the summer term and built upon in year 1; more complex sounds are introduced and reinforced in year 2. In addition to phonics, we also learn common exception words by repetition and retrieval.

During the autumn term, we host a phonics and early reading workshop for parents to support  understanding of how we teach this in school.

From the very start of their time at school, pupils will bring home reading books, beginning with books without words to begin to understand storytelling, moving on to our range of book banded books from a variety of publishers, supporting their phonics progress and fluency and understanding of reading. 

Each week children read individually and in groups  and are given regular opportunities to share a book with others.

During our dedicated reading lessons, we focus on the skills of comprehension and critical appreciation, whilst developing understanding of vocabulary. Teachers read a wide variety of written material regularly with the children, fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, poems etc. Children are also exposed to classic texts, with a  particular focus on these texts in key stage 2.For more information our reading strategy can be found below. 

It is requested that children read at home for at least ten minutes each day to allow them to practice and support their progress.

Books are at the heart of our curriculum and  inspire our learning environment. Our libraries have recently been remodelled to further immerse pupils within the world of reading, they are often used by the pupils at lunchtimes to curl up and enjoy a book.


Reading Strategy