• Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics

In our school children are taught to read through phonics

They are taught to

  • Recognise each letter by the sound it makes
  • Identify the sounds that groups of letters make e.g. sh as in ship, ee as in feet
  • Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word  c-a-t = cat, d-o-g = dog, f-i-sh = fish, n-igh-t = night.

The sound each letter or group of letters makes is called a phoneme

Letters and Sounds is a six phase programme designed to help teach children to read and spell with phonics.

Phase One (Nursery/Reception)

At this stage the aim is to encourage speaking and listening skills to prepare children for learning to read with phonics.

Parents can help children develop good speaking and listening skills by encouraging them to listen carefully and talk about what they see, hear and do.

Phases Two, Three and Four (Reception/Year 1)

During these phases children learn

  • How to represent each of the 42 sounds (phonemes) by a letter or group of letters (grapheme)  e.g. s, a, t, p, ow as in cow or oa as in boat
  • How to blend sounds together for reading e.g. b-a-g = bag. This is called sound talking and how to segment or split words up for spelling.
  • Letter names
  • Tricky words - these are words with unusual or untaught spellings

Phase 5 (Year 1/Year 2)

Children learn new ways of representing the sounds they have learned and practise blending for reading and segmenting for spelling

Phase 6 (Year 2)

Children use the skills they have acquired as well as developing new skills to become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.

For further more detailed information of each of the phases please see our booklet.

Guided reading is highly valued in school providing the opportunity to read and reflect on a range of texts e.g. stories, poetry and information.
Our core reading scheme in school is the Oxford Reading Tree which is supplemented with other books to provide the depth and breadth children require to develop their growing skills.
Research shows that reading with your child is one of the most important things you can do to help their education.
There are plenty of reading opportunities everywhere so please try to ensure you encourage your child to see print in the world around them as well as sharing books, comics and other age appropriate reading matter.

The internet offers many helpful reading hints and tips to help support you and your child with their reading.

Here are just a few







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