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Phonics/Support for Spelling

We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics scheme  in Reception and KS1 and Support for Spelling is used to support the National Curriculum 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. Children must be confident in these phases to be successful in passing the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. 

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 is followed. In addition children are taught the meanings of words in context from the national curriculum. Appendices of these words are available from class teachers.

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 in Foundation Stage. Books linked to the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and order are also used for Guided Reading sessions in school.  Texts at the lower end of the school are phonically decodable so that children get going quickly and can apply their phonic knowledge.  The school now uses a reading programme called Accelerated Reader from Year 2.  All home reading books in school have an accelerated reader code.  Children are given a code range through a online test, which they can then go and select books from.  On completion of reading the book they are then challenged to an online quiz, which tests the children's understanding of the book. Some children need additional reading support above and beyond that provided within the class and this is carefully planned and monitored through appropriate intervention.  All parents/carers should read with their children every night in order to develop vocabulary and their understanding.  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.


A love of reading is promoted at Brook Street School. Each class has their own reading area where children can spend time exploring books and at the end of every school day each class has a story read to them by their teachers.


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