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Reading, Phonics and Spelling

The school follows letters and sounds for its phonics teaching, engaging the children with a range of creative teaching strategies.

Key Stage 1

Through Reception and Key Stage 1 the children are taught Phonics following 'Letters and Sounds'



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The children follow the National curriculum book-band scheme scheme in their reading. As they move towards the end of Year 2 they progress onto Scholastic Reading Pro and lexile levels in preparation for moving up to the Juniors.


KS2 Reading


In KS2, children practice key reading skills each day during our 'whole class' reading sessions. \these sessions build on the knowledge and skills taught at KS1 in reading and phonics sessions. Children are exposed to 'age related' texts (poems, stories, videos, music etc.), where they explore language, authorial intentions, make predictions and retrieve key facts. Often we link these text to our main class topic, but at times use those of interest to the children. 


To support the teaching of reading, we use reading 'VIPERS', which ensures the children cover the whole range of the KS2 reading curriculum. This stands for:

  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Explanation
  • Retrieval 
  • Summarise/Sequence.


Children complete a range of differentiated tasks to develop these key skills, across a range of different genres. 


Children who require additional support are listened to reading frequently and are provided with additional reading boosters, such as Reading Detectives, 'Switch On' reading and acceleread.


For further information, please contact your child's class teacher.


Spelling at KS2 


In KS2, children also complete daily spelling sessions. They have the opportunity to develop their phonological knowledge from KS1, while also considering how spellings often follow patterns, and learning words which do not.


We teach spelling through games, handwriting and through low-stakes tests, to ensure children have a secure knowledge of key spellings. We also ensure the children are taught what the words mean and link this into our taught sessions.


Pupils who require additional support when they enter KS2 also receive daily phonics boosters as required. 


Children are also taught their associated year group word lists, which are attached below for your reference.

Year 3 and 4 Spelling List