Phonics and Reading

At Shafton Primary we want all children to leave us at the end of Year 6 confident, fluent readers with a love of reading. Children are given lots of opportunities to read in a variety of different lessons and areas around our school. We strongly believe that if a child can read then they will be successful in all areas of our curriculum.

We have a large library where children can read for pleasure a book of their choice, reading and phonic interventions take place in our library. We also have many artefacts for the children to use whilst reading books.


Phonics and Early Reading

At Shafton Primary Academy we are using the Oxford Reading Tree series to take your child through the early stages of learning to read. In EYFS the children are taught early reading skills using phonic knowledge this is then built upon in KS1 where the children We are using the Floppy’s Phonics teaching programme, which is a step-by-step phonics reading scheme. It introduces the children to the letters and sounds (the alphabetic code) that are at the foundation of all reading and writing.

What is phonics?

If you have a child in their first year of primary school, there is a good chance you will have come across the word phonics. Phonics is a method of learning to read words that is taught from the start of Reception.

How is phonics taught at school?

At school, your child will first learn a small group of sounds associated with written letters. For example, they will learn that ‘m’ makes an mmm sound, ‘a’ makes an ahh sound, and ‘t’ makes a ttt sound.

Then, they will be taught to blend these sounds together to read whole words. For example, mat makes ‘mat’. Your child will then learn more sounds and will start blending them too.


How can you help your child at home?


There are lots of simple things you can do at home to help your child learn to read.

  • Learn how to say the sounds by watching the video below.

  • Use flashcards to help your child learn how to blend sounds to read words. A copy of these can be given to you from school.

  • Read together every day, even for just ten minutes.

  • Use Oxford Owl class log in each class have a class log in where you can access resources and interactive books at home.