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Phonics and English


The children have individual reading books which they read to adults in school, and we encourage our families to try to read these at home ideally, every night.  The children also take part in group reading sessions.  In these sessions a small group of children read a book with an adult and then take time to discuss and answer questions about what they have read (every child has a copy of the book, so that they can read comfortably and at their own pace).


All of our reading books are organised into 'Book Bands', following the Bug Club Reading Scheme by ActiveLearn.




All of the children in our school have daily phonics lessons following the Bug Club Phonics Scheme by ActiveLearn.  During phonics sessions children learn how to recognise and record letter sounds; and how to blend these sounds together to read words, or split (segment) words into sounds to help spelling.  These lessons are designed to be "fast and fun" - they are usually about 20 minutes long and involve lots of games, stories, singing and chanting.  


Our reading and phonics scheme run alongside and complement each other.