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Teaching Reading and Phonics

Teaching children to read is utmost importance at South Milford Community Primary School. We believe reading is a life enhancing skill and it is the entitlement of every child. As well as teaching children to read, we aim to encourage a love of reading and promote positive attitudes towards it.

Our core reading scheme In Key Stage 1 is Oxford Reading Tree. These books are phonetically decodable ensuring children are applying the knowledge gained in our Phonic lessons and encouraging them to independently read texts from an early age. Progression is ensured using banded books to both support and challenge through additional fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts for the children to read. Each classroom also has a large selection of books. Children are given access to these books during guided reading sessions and at other times throughout the week. We believe that it is important that children enjoy reading and are given time to explore, select and evaluate books of their choice.

We also have Bug Club (Active Learn), where children can access e-books at home to further develop their reading and comprehension skills. You child's class teacher has access to your usernames and passwords, these should also be found in your child's planner.

Guided reading is taught throughout KS1 and KS2. Teachers plan a series of reading activities to ensure pupils comprehend texts for their age developing sophisticated inference skills as well as reading for pleasure. In Key Stage 2 the reading scheme is Project X. They are modern, exciting books specially developed to motivate boys and address the gender gap in English.


Phonics is taught daily to all children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1, with the expectation that they will have secured word recognition skills and will be fluent readers by the end of KS1. Children in EYFS are introduced to the Letters and Sounds programme. This is a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills to children. The Letters and Sounds programme uses Jolly Phonics which is a fun and child centred approach where each sound has an action providing a multi-sensory method. This helps them begin to read words and texts. The children in KS1 continue with daily phonic lessons building on what has already been taught.

Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide DVD

Ruth Miskin shows you why pronouncing sounds in a 'pure' way is the most effective for teaching children how to read. You can find out more about Ruth's approach at and Find Read Write Inc.

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