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Phonics and Reading

All children have daily phonics/focussed spelling lessons. Pupils are taught in ability groups each morning for a period of 20 minutes. The groups are reviewed regularly.


The “Letters and Sounds” programme is used alongside "Phonics Play" and "Teach your monster to read" throughout the school during their phonics sessions. "Teach your monster to read can also be used at home.

All children have guided reading sessions in class and also read individually to an adult. We ask all children to read regularly at home.


Guided reading books are phonic based in the infants and for some junior children. They are graded and matched to reading and comprehension ability.

Home readers are phonics based in the infants where possible and we are currently increasing our range of phonics home readers. Again, books are matched to ability.