Reading and Phonics

We want to help all our children to enjoy and be successful readers who love reading.We hope that the information on this page will help you to understand our approach to reading and phonics, and give you ideas for how you can help at home.


We teach 'Synthetic Phonics' using the Letters and Sounds programme. The children are introduced to this in our Reception Class and children progress through the phases during Reception and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & 2). They learn how to read and spell words using their phonic knowledge. We use a wide range of teaching techniques and resources in our daily phonics sessions. For further information on Jolly Phonics

High Frequency Words (Sight Recognition)

We also encourage pupils to learn words 'by sight'. These words are the common words that are not easy to build up using phonic methods (the tricky words!) and need to be practised until they are instantly recognisable.


We introduce our children to reading through using 'Jelly and Bean' books which introduce pupils to the different letter sounds. Pupils then progress onto a main reading scheme, which is made up of 'Oxford Reading Tree' and Fireflies. In Reception and Key Stage One we have book areas which have a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction reading books to enable children to develop reading skills and broaden their experience of different texts. 

Reading Assessment

Children are regularly assessed using the PM Benchmarking toolkit. This not only assesses children's fluency but also their understanding. 

Reading at home

With regular practice both in school and at home our children learn to crack the reading code and a wonderful world of both fiction and non-fiction is opened up to them. Evidence shows that fluent readers make the most progress in primary school and go onto achieve well in secondary education. Reading is the key to success!