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Reading and Phonics at Grasmere




Phonics teaching at Grasmere is effective and ensures children of all abilities make good progress from their starting points.  Phonics is taught daily through the DFE approved Letters and Sounds program.  The teaching of Phase 1 phonics begins in our 2 year old provision and continues into Nursery.  At this stage the focus is on developing Phase 1 skills such as auditory discrimination and helping children to isolate specific sounds in the environment.  A range of games and speaking and listening opportunities are used to develop skills.  By the end of Nursery we aim for children to be secure in Phase 1 phonics so they are ready for the next part of their phonics journey in Reception.

The teaching of reading using Letters and Sounds continues through Reception and Key Stage 1.  During this time children will continue to learn sounds and their corresponding letter groups.  During a 30minute daily phonics session children will revisit and review previous sounds; be taught a new sound; practise this through reading, writing and spelling activities and finally begin to apply their skills. 

Through regular half termly assessments children are grouped to ensure learning best meets their needs and that learning has been consoladated. 

Support with phonics continues into Key Stage 2 where pupil need has identified this.  Phonics teaching will continue to help ensure children become confident at decoding and develop fluency.  Where children are secure in their phonics knowledge they begin to build on skills through the Read Write Inc spelling scheme. 



Please see the link below for our term by term progression of phonics skills.


If you would like to support your child at home with their phonics learning please see the links below for phonics based games.

Developing early reading skills in EYFS and KS1

Early readers also need to develop some key comprehension skills in order for them to understand text.  As well as discrete phonics teaching, pupils will be engaged in regular story telling sessions using high quality text; discussions of text across the curriculum; shared and guided reading and continuous access to reading areas in school.  Our language rich curriculum helps to immerse pupils to support comprehension skills. 

Reading in KS2 
In Key Stage 2 children build on their reading skills through purposeful and planned reading activities.  These include
  • Shared and guided reading
  • Class novel time
  • Reading assemblies
  • Individual reading 
  • Paired reading
  • Visits to the Library
  • Reading Ambassadors
This range of activities teach key skills; probe children's understanding; build reading speed and fluency and help foster an understanding of the power of reading.