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Phonics at St Bede's Primary School is taught across Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception class) and Ks1 with children working alongside pupils from other classes who are in the same phonic phase. Children are given phonic support in KS2 when it is required. We have used the Letters And Sounds programme for a number of years and this is already accredited with the DFE. Phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (printed letters) are taught and children’s ability to segment words and blend sounds is developed.  Children are also taught ‘tricky’ words which cannot be sounded out. Oxford Tree reading books are selected for children according to the phonics phase within which they are working.


Children in St Bede's Primary School Nursery begin phonics learning phase 1; they learn to orally blend and segment words. If a child is ready, they learn the first sounds within phase 2. Children in the Nursery will, from time to time, do phonics activities alongside children in Reception class.


Reading Schemes


We have purchased a reading scheme, Oxford Tree, in which 100% of the words can be decoded for pupils working within and including phonic phase 5. Staff work hard to ensure the books children are given match their phonic development. Children can access a book for adults to read to them on the Oxford Owl Website - this has been selected by the class teacher. Children are expected to read their phonics readers regularly at home as well as at school. 


Children are also encouraged to enjoy library time, taking books to read and share at home. We ask that these are returned regularly so that they can be changed for new library books.


In Key Stage 2, children will continue on the school's reading scheme until they are confident to become 'free readers'. Children access reading books, the same as KS1, through the Oxford Tree and Oxford Owl books. As in KS1, parents are able to use the Go Read App, to write comments and see the comments made by adults who read with children in school. This ensures there is continued communication between home and school. 


St Bede's Autumn Term Reading Newsletter 2020