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Puriton Primary School

Puriton Primary School

Phonics and Reading

How we teach Phonics

The staff at Puriton plan fun, interactive phonics lessons using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme. Assessments are carried out regularly to ensure children are taught the appropriate “phase” according to their learning needs and not just their age.

There are 6 ‘Letters and Sounds’ phases:

  • Phase 1 starts at pre-school
  • Phases 2, 3 and 4 are taught in Reception
  • Phases 5 in Year 1
  • Phase 6 in Year 2

However we all know that children are all different and some may need additional time and/or extra support to apply their knowledge and secure their learning, while some children learn at a faster rate and therefore move onto the next phase before the rest of the cohort.

Phonics and Reading

In Reception, Year 1 and 2 classes, reading is taught through daily phonics lessons with differentiated activities to cater for all levels of learning. Planned guided reading sessions take place regularly, so children can apply their phonic knowledge and have the opportunity to learn other reading skills by means of the ‘reading detectives’ e.g. feeling finder, where simple inferences are made.

Children in Key Stage 2 participate in phonic sessions as needed. Each child has planned guided reading session with an adult twice a week with levelled books and independent follow up work, where they can apply their phonic knowledge, and develop their reading detective skills. SAIL is used to give extra support to pupils when needed.

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, each child is provided with a Home-School Reading Diary to enable teachers to monitor reading at home and to communicate with parents about reading in school.

Reading Comprehension

It is important, as well as being able to read a text, that children understand what has been read. Staff use a variety of comprehension materials, but teach the skills needed explicitly, through ‘Cracking Comprehensions’ as well as a variety of texts.


In KS1 and 2 each child's progress is assessed against the objectives for their year group.

The terms, 'emerging', 'developing', 'secure' and "secure with greater depth" are used to track their progress against these targets and to plan the next steps accordingly. At the end of the year, most children will be "secure" - showing that they are working securely at age-related expectations.

Some children may not reach this stage and this will be reported accordingly. A few children may have demonstrated that they can apply their knowledge, skills and understanding consistently and independently in a wide range of different contexts and they will be 'working at greater depth' with respect to the age-related expectations.

In EYFS, progress in reading is tracked against the Early Years stages of development including the EYFS goals.