Phonics and Reading Statement

Phonics is taught in the infant class in a highly structured, systematic programme of daily lessons. We follow the systematic approach provided by Letters and Sounds. Activities are differentiated according to children’s phonic awareness and development. This is supplemented by phonic activities and games - practical and online.

Each taught session provides children with opportunities to revisit previous learning, be taught new skills, practise skills and apply what they have learned.

Children develop skills through shared, guided and independent reading and writing.

In KS2 children continue to develop phonic skills within spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons, as well as through shared, guided and independent reading and writing.

Phonics assessment in the infant class - children’s progress is assessed throughout sessions and during application in reading and writing. Children are formally assessed at the end of each half term; this information is used to inform planning.

The statutory Phonics Screening Check is performed in the June of Y1.


We use Accelerated Reader (AR) to support children’s development of reading.

AR is an online assessment and support tool to develop reading throughout the school. This tool assesses children’s reading skills and provides staff and children with individual targets.

Children at the end of foundation stage and in KS1 and 2 have access to levelled books; most books are ‘real’ books. Children are encouraged to make choices about the texts that they read, children then read the texts at home and at school. Once a child has read a book they complete an online quiz to assess their understanding of what they have read. Feedback on achievements encourages the children to see their own progress and work towards their targets.

Reading assessments are completed by all children at the end of each half term. Children complete an online assessment either Early Reader or Star Reader assessment. This information informs planning and is used to set new targets.

Children who are not yet ready to access AR read graded reading scheme books – mainly Oxford Reading Tree.