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Phonics and Reading

At Shrivenham CE Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics and reading programme which is based around activities that focus on promoting speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending. We supplement this teaching further by using actions, stories, songs and games. As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are decodable and their reading experiences are further enriched by reading books which are banded according to reading level alongside a 'reading for pleasure' book that parents and older siblings can read to them. 


As children develop a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, our banded books which come from various published schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat and other publishers, further support the children's reading. It is designed to give the children experience of a variety of different styles of writing and authors. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.  Each year parents are invited to attend a welcome meeting in which our approach to phonics and reading are shared and resources are provided to support home learning.


To encourage our children's reading, we base much of our English learning around quality children's texts which seek to immerse and enthuse children with a love of reading and books. Books are shared with the class by their teacher to encourage this further. In addition, our English lead teacher encourages a love of books by organising a variety of events throughout the year such as; World Book Day, reading club, book swap/sale, author visits, book displays around the school, picture stories during assemblies as well as organising reading volunteers. We have an author of the term for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and provide books by this author for teachers to share with their class. 


We have created our own phonics curriculum maps for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to ensure progression and coverage is appropriate and effective. 


Phonics Policy