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Reading and Phonics

Reading plays a vital role in the development and education of our children.  We ensure that there are lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. We continually strive to promote a love of reading and to ensure that children are ready for the next stages in their learning.



We use Letters and Sounds to teach a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics.  It aims for children to develop fluent word reading skills and have good foundations in spelling by the end of key Stage 1. This scheme is supported by worksheets, actions and songs from Jolly Phonics.


Reading Schemes

Following a number of extensive pre-reading experiences, our children are taught a variety of methods to read and understand progressively more demanding material. We aim to foster love and respect for books and to encourage children to aspire to become better, more confident readers, and to rehearse the reading of more challenging texts. The "Oxford Reading Tree" is our chosen scheme and includes both fiction and non fiction reading choices. We have books from Project X, Floppy Phonics and the Biff and Chip series. In addition all children have the opportunity to choose books from our well stocked library.


Opportunities for reading

Children also read regularly in other areas of the curriculum and in other parts of the school day through:

  • Guided Reading - Teachers work with small groups or the whole class of children to teach specific and targeted reading skills in a book that is sufficiently challenging.
  • Reading Across the Curriculum - Children read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning.
  • Story Time – A range of books are read to children for them to hear good examples of reading aloud and to develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves. 




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