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Reading and Phonics

In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught every day.  We follow the Government’s publication of ‘Letters and Sounds’ when teaching phonics.  It works through six phases of sounds teaching as well as developing a secure knowledge of ‘tricky words’ and ‘high frequency words.’  This enables our children to become fluent and expressive readers by the end of Key Stage 1.

We use a wide range of activities and useful websites such as and The Jolly Phonics songs to make the learning enjoyable.

Alongside this is a daily reading session. Children are taught the skills needed to be good readers in small groups of similar ability. We also have a Reading Team of parents in place to support additional reading on a 1 to 1 basis. Levelled and Banded Reading books are changed daily and monitored by class teachers every week. We use a range of reading schemes to support the teaching of reading, these include: Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cats and Rigby Star.


How we teach phonics Click here to open the Phonics and Reading Presentation