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Reading and Phonics



Our aim is to develop a love of reading in all our children across the federation. Children are given the opportunity to read on a daily basis, sometimes with an adult, as a group, as a whole class and independently.
We provide an environment conducive to this by ensuring children are exposed to a rich variety of texts, opportunities to share and enjoy books and the role models they need to experience why reading is so great!


Important skills are taught through shared, guided and independent reading.


  • Guided reading takes place in small groups, reading the same text supported by the teacher
  • Independent reading is one-one with an adult/teacher suppport
  • Shared reading is whole class or larger groups sharing the same text either through listening to it being read or reading the text together.


Reading Scheme used


Your child will bring a reading book home. We don’t follow one scheme but both schools have the same colour coded system, which is progressive and links to year group age related expectations. This also allows the children acess to a range of text types, genres and schemes.

Click the link for some great book ideas!


Phonics is taught across the whole school, including the Nursery. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme, supplemented with Jolly Phonics and Read Write Inc. The children are streamed in Year R, 1 and 2 and within each group lessons are differentiated to ensure all children are accessing high quality teaching at the level appropriate for their learning at that time. Groups are fluid to ensure children can move between them depending on the rate of their progress, fully maximising learning.


Below are some phonics based websites and links:


Phonics Play A website with information for parents and games for children.
BBC Bitesize “A fun activity to help children at KS1 learn about phonics.”
Family Learning A website with numerous links to phonics games on other websites.
Clifford the dog