Reading and Phonics

‘Whitefield Reader, Life Achiever’

Reading and Phonics

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” Dr Seuss

1 2

At Whitefield Primary School we believe that reading for pleasure is key to success. All children are encouraged to love reading a wide variety of material: books, magazines, newspapers and to read online. A love of reading is shared by all our staff.

Phonics at Whitefield Primary School

At Whitefield Primary School, we teach a high quality, daily, discrete phonics session from FS1 to Year 2, and where it is needed in other year groups. Primarily, we follow letters and sounds through Storytime Phonics which is tailored to the needs of individuals and groups of learners. Learning is multi-sensory.

The children are assessed half termly to track their progress. Appropriate interventions are implemented to accelerate progress for individual children.

We provide workshops to support parents and provide them with information and activities to help their child at home.

From June 2012, year one children are formally assessed by an unseen government test and results are reported to parents. It is a decoding test using ‘real and non-real’ words.

Reading at Whitefield Primary School

Learning to read is complex yet essential for all our children’s life chances. Reading requires the integration of several strategies:

Structure – how sentences are formed, grammar & syntax;

Meaning – it relies on us having an understanding of the world around us to make meaning (semantic cues);

Pictorial – we need to know about illustrations, graphs, pictures, captions and headings (bibliographic cues) and

Graphophonic cues – those supplied by spelling and presentation of words, which interact with knowledge of words and phonic analysis.

At Whitefield Primary School reading is taught daily. Children are taught to read in guided reading sessions with teachers and support staff. Children are taught in groups or individually and have access to a wide range of interventions, including Reading Recovery. Children are also able to apply learned skills in a variety of activities.

Reciprocal Reading is used from Year 2 to Year 6. In these sessions children are taught how to develop higher order reading skills using the following techniques:





Children read in as many situations as possible, not just in reading lessons. Reading takes place in all lessons, using books and electronic devices.

Reading Schemes

We use a variety of reading scheme texts and non – scheme books to ensure children learn and apply a range of reading strategies. We endeavour to purchase/provide books/texts that engage boys and girls and their interests.

Our book organisation system is based on Book Bands and Reading Recovery levels up to Lime level. This  includes a coloured band & number which correspond to reading levels. Each level has carefully chosen words, phrases, phonics, and comprehension .At Key Stage 2 books are organised into year groups with an appropriate range of challenge and content.

Throughout the school, some books are chosen to correspond to cross curricular learning at an appropriate level.

Parents are encouraged to hear their child read every day, or as often as possible and return their reading bag and log to school..

Many of our books are available for children and families to read online.

Active Learn Website