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Phonics/Support for Spelling

We follow the 'Song of Sounds' phonics scheme  in Reception and KS1 and Support for Spelling in KS2.  'Read Write Inc' is used as an intervention strategy in KS2.


Reception – Phase 2  to Phase 4.  By the end of Reception children should be able to read and write all Phase 2,3 and 4 words

Year 1 – Phase 4 to Phase 5.  By the end of Year 1 children should be able to read and write all Phase 4 and 5 words

Year 2 – Phase 6 moving into ‘Support for Spelling’.  By the end of Year 2 children should be able to read and write all the Reception, Y1 and Y2 words.

Year 3 – Year 6 – ‘Support for Spelling’ which involves learning and practising common spelling patterns, suffixes and prefixes, root words etc.

Spellings are learned by the children each week throughout KS1 and KS2.  The school also has a list of 'non negotiable' words which are shared with the children and their parents to ensure that spelling progresses in each year group.  This list is also shared with our cluster partner schools.

Children should apply what they have been taught in phonics/support for spelling across all curriculum areas.


We use the Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat reading schemes to support children who are beginning to read and gaining in confidence.  Texts at the lower end of the school are phonically decodable so that children get going quickly and can apply their phonic knowledge.  Oxford and Big Cat books are also used throughout the school in a graded system.   Books are banded according to difficulty so that children can make choices within their appropriate band.  Some children need additional reading support above and beyond that provided within the class and this is carefully planned and monitored.  All parents/carers should read with their children every night and sign the planner.  Reading Challenges are set half termly throughout the year and children are encouraged to use books, newspapers and internet resources to complete a range of tasks connected to reading.

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