Reading and Phonics

Phonics and Reading Schemes in Key Stages


At Knop Law Primary School we aim to encourage children to become fluent, independent readers who enjoy books and reading.


We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonic programme with Jolly Phonics’ actions and pictures to support this. In Reception, our phonic skills begin with speaking and listening. We practise listening for sounds at the beginning, in the middle, and at the ends of words. We also practise blending sounds together to make words. We also focus on High Frequency words, such as home, we, look, I, where the children learn these by sight.


In Key Stage 1 the children continue to follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme. We have found that following the structure and guidance of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme ensures a full coverage of phonic sounds and skills and that the enhancement activities allow the children to apply and consolidate their knowledge in a variety of contexts. This then allows them to link phonic rules and strategies to their writing and reading tasks more effectively.


We use a wide variety of reading schemes including  Oxford Reading Tree, Collins, Project X, Big Cat and Bug Club. The children’s 1:1 home reading books are book banded and changed regularly. We ask parents and carers to read daily with their children.  Children who receive this support and encouragement make the best progress. The process towards independent and successful reading begins in our reception classes and we very much value your support in encouraging your child as he/she becomes a reader. 


In our school there is a big focus upon reading and the development of reading skills across the curriculum.  Other events also take place throughout the school year to promote literacy.  These include World Book Day, visits to the library  and visits from authors and theatre groups.


More information about the Letters and Sounds programme can be found on the DfE website