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Early Reading

When a child starts at our school, they are assessed for their reading and phonic understanding.  Children that need additional phonological support may be supported by additional phonics sessions with their teacher or support staff who have been trained in delivering early reading.  


Phonics plays a big part in our spelling and reading provision throughout the school. Teachers use their knowledge of phoenemes and graphemes to help children segment and decode new words, as this understanding is transferrable across the wider curriculum.


Staff regularly assess pupils' reading ability through listening to children read, their work in the classroom and through assessments done termly and annually. Children who have fallen behind are identified quickly to ensure they can catch up. Teachers and support staff regularly run additional groups to help support children with their reading, including using specific targets identified on support plans for pupils with SEND.

Parent video: Understanding Phonics

Parent video: What is Read Write Inc Phonics

Parent video: How to say the sounds

Parent video: Sound blending