Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Reading and Phonics

When children start EYFS they will be introduced to the letters and sounds phonics programme. In nursery this will begin as whole class teaching as children are taught to listen for sounds in words; this later builds to recognising written sounds for reading. In addition, our phonics programme is supplemented by Songs of Sounds which is a kinaesthetic and creative way for our children to learn phonics in the classroom.  

The teaching of high quality systematics synthetic phonics continues into Reception and KS1 (years 1 &2.) All children will have a daily, dedicated phonics lesson. These lessons will be engaging, interactive and fully differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils, allowing them to make sustained and accelerated progress.

Children in KS2 will continue to be taught the necessary phonics, however the main focus of the teaching of reading in KS2 will be to develop an in depth understanding of a range of text types and genres, addressing our overall reading objectives.

Letters and Sounds

Our Phonics scheme is Letters and Sounds. 

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

There are six different phases used in this scheme which the academy follows:

Phase Phonic Knowledge and Skills
One (Nursery/Reception)   Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.
Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.
Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Five (Throughout Year 1) Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond)  Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.


You can find out more about the Letters and Sounds scheme and download all appropriate learning resources directly from their website

In addition to dedicated phonics lessons and the teaching of reading through English lessons, all children take parts in whole class reading sessions. During these sessions, children will work with teachers and support staff to develop a range of reading skills, including: further help and support in decoding texts; the ability to distinguish between fiction and non- fiction texts; confidence in reading out loud; an understanding of the structure and organisation of a range of texts presented in different ways.

All children at our Academy, will have a home reading book which is appropriate for their own ability. As an academy, we have invested significantly in new reading books. The range of books available includes many by well- known and popular authors. The children have opportunities to read their books individually to their teachers and teaching assistants and are supported to change their reading books regularly. It is important that children read daily, even for small amounts of time and at Oasis Academy, we appreciate the support from parents in hearing their child read at home and recording this in their reading diaries.

Reading and enjoyment of books is an integral part of each school day at Oasis Academy Boulton and we endeavour to ensure that all children leave our school as confident, successful and critical readers, who have developed a life- long passion for reading.