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Reading and Phonics


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Phonics is taught systematically in EYFS and key stage 1 classes. We follow the Letters and Sounds approach as outlined in ´Letters and Sounds´: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics, found in the Primary National Strategy 2007.



We use a systematic synthetic phonics programme designed to teach children to read and write. Children learn the 42 letter sounds of the English language through a multi-sensory approach. They are then taken through the phases of blending and segmenting words to develop reading and writing skills.



There is an expectation that all children will be fluent readers having secured word recognition skills by the end of key stage one. We adopt a determined approach to teaching phonics and reading to ensure that all children have the fluency and automaticity required to access all reading material.


Transitions from year groups are well planned and pupils’ fluency and comprehension continues to be systematically developed across KS2 through a wide range of high quality reading material.



At Askwith Primary school, we use Pearson’s Bug Club reading scheme as our main reading scheme from Class 1 onwards. This is supplemented with different reading materials that provide our children with an appropriate and broad range of challenge and content.


During autumn term, key stage one classes are having two phonics sessions per day to cover all lost learning and to ensure that all children are on track in word reading and spelling 

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