Phonics and reading scheme

Phonics and Reading Schemes at Pegswood Primary School

At Pegswood Primary School we follow the DFES published Letters and Sounds scheme to teach phonics. We use this to introduce reading and spelling phonetically regular words from Nursery and Reception through to Year 2 (and subsequent years if individuals need it).

In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children have differentiated daily phonic lessons that follow the relevant Letters and Sounds phases. The children are grouped according to ability across Year 1 and 2, to ensure activities are pitched at the correct level to allow them to make the best possible progress.

Read Write Inc and differentiated phonic phase groups are used as an intervention to develop phonic and reading skills for those children who require it.

In Reception and Year 1, children are given book marks/lists of tricky words that they are expected to read. They are provided with games to play to assist them in learning these tricky words.

Our reading scheme consists of a wide range of texts and genres from different schemes. The most predominantly used are those published by Oxford University Press. The Oxford reading scheme books include titles from Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy’s Phonics, Songbirds and Project X. We also have the Phonics bugs scheme. During Reception and KS1 class teachers and teaching assistants will hear children read from these books during the week.

In Key Stage Two there continues to be emphasis on independent reading and guided group reading. Class teachers will provide books from a guided choice and will continue to hear children read individually, particularly where children still require regular support.