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Phonics

We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phonics programme throughout EYFS and KS1.

Children are assessed termly and in KS1, children are taught in groups according to their individual ability. Once children have completed the six phonic phases within the ‘Letter and Sounds’ programme, we focus on teaching spelling, punctuation and grammar skills.

Children who require further support with their phonics skills, will receive additional support accordingly.

 

Reading

We are fortunate enough to have a wide selection of levelled reading books for children to choose from and take home to read.

Pink

Red

Yellow

Blue

Green

Orange

Turquoise

Purple

Gold

White

Lime

Ruby

Sapphire

 

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30+

 

 

 

 

 

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End Y1

 

 

 

 

 

EndY2

 

End

Y3

 

End Y4

 

End Yr 5

Yr 6

When children first start to learn to read, it is important that they have books that enable them to read most of the text fluently, whilst still offering them the correct level of challenge.

So that this can happen, our books are colour coded. In addition, each colour is fine graded with a RR (Reading Recovery) level. These help to show progression of the child’s learning within a colour band.

 

The easiest level is Pink level and the hardest is Sapphire.

  • At the end of year 2, national expectations are for children to be reading books at a White band (Reading Recovery Level 23)
  • At the end of year 4, expectations are for children to be reading lime band (Reading Recovery R25/26)
  • At the end of year 6, for children to be reading Sapphire or Free Reader books.

 

Children are assessed on their reading skills using Benchmark reading assessments, at the end of each term.

 

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