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Phonics and Reading

There has been a huge shift in the past few years in how we teach reading in our schools. This is having a big impact and helping many children learn to read and spell. To facilitate the teaching of phonics and reading we use a variety of materials to help plan our phonics and reading sessions to ensure the learning matches our teaching intention exactly.


Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. Phonics is taught through daily sessions in Reception and Key Stage 1. This allows children to learn strategies to support early reading and spelling.  Phonics runs alongside other teaching methods such as Guided Reading and Shared Reading to help children develop all the other vital reading skills and hopefully give them a real love of reading. Children in Reception and KS1 read daily through group or individual sessions. We believe it is important that children read 'real books' and scheme books (we have a variety of schemes), which we have banded to ensure KS1 children have progression in the reading books that they take home.


All children in KS2 read in a guided reading group (Book Club) every day with their assigned adult. Pages are set to read at home so children are prepared and ready for the following day's reading session. 


We want our children to develop a love of books and high-quality literature that will not only support their learning across the curriculum but also extend beyond the classroom environment and enrich their lives.


Please see our leaflet attached to find out more about phonics and the screening test done in Year 1.



Writing is closely linked to reading and is taught and completed across the curriculum. Opportunities for modelled, shared and guided writing are planned for as they are all effective strategies for raising standards in writing. Teachers encourage children to maintain a high standard of writing across the curriculum. There is a strong focus on the teaching of specific skills in spelling and grammar, which are applied when writing independently. The features and layouts of a full range of writing genres are taught in both fiction and non-fiction, with planned opportunities to write freely in these genres in other curriculum areas.


Below are some ideas for how you can help your child with their reading.