Teversham CE VA Primary School

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Phonics and Reading

Reading at Teversham Primary School

Reading is a top priority at Teversham Primary School. Our goal is for all children to acquire a lifelong love of reading and to take enjoyment from books. To achieve this, we expose our children to a range of texts, authors and genres throughout their time with us, to help them develop the skills necessary for reading for life.

In order to get children excited about reading, we have developed a successful system called 'Battle of the Books'. This encourages children to read a minimum of 4 times a week and to help their class achieve the highest percentage of readers across the school. In Celebration Assemblies on Friday, the percentages are shared and the classes who have the highest number of children reading regularly, will earn marbles towards their class treat. Children record their reading in a Reading Diary, which is monitored by teachers and teaching assistants. 

Early Reading and Phonics

We use the government programme Letters and Sounds to teach phonics in our school. This is supplemented with games from Phonics Play and actions from Jolly Phonics. In EYFS, children learn Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4 of phonics throughout the year. In Year 1, children learn phase 5 of phonics ready to undertake the Statutory Phonics Screening check in the Summer Term. Our phonics programme is delivered in a fun, practical way to support children in their early stages of spelling and reading.


Click below to see a glossary of all the words we use associated with the teaching of phonics and reading. 

Below is the list of Tricky Words that children learn throughout the phonics programme.

Reading in KS1

Reading continues to be a priority as children transition into Key Stage 1. Our Early Years teacher liaises closely with our Year 1 teacher to ensure continuity and consistency across the phases.

Teachers in Year 1 and Year 2 continue to use the book band system and track children's reading to ensure that they are making progress. All children are read with by their class teacher at least once a week.

Children who are reading at a level below what is expected for their age are read with more frequently. We have volunteers in school who read with children throughout the week to give them additional practise. 

Opportunities for cross-curricular reading are taken where appropriate, especially in history and geography where children are supported to conduct research about their topics. 

Reading in KS2

Reading in Lower Key Stage 2 is still tracked using the book banded system. Teachers decide when children are ready to become 'free readers'. When they are free readers, children are permitted to bring books from home into the classroom to enjoy as well as borrowing books from the classroom shelves. 

Teachers try to read with as many children as possible throughout the week and this is tracked in a file. Children who are reading below the level that is expected for their age are prioritised to close the gap between them and their peers. 

Cross-curricular reading is encouraged and children are supported to conduct their own research using books about their topic. Children are also taught to use internet sources to find out about different topics.

Reading in Upper Key Stage 2 is tracked in a file system similar to in Lower Key Stage 2. Most children choose to bring their own books from home by this age and teachers will make recommendations to help broaden children's reading experiences. Children who are reading below the level that is expected for their age will be prioritised to read with skilled Teaching Assistants or their Class Teacher as much as possible. These children will remain on the book banded system until they are fluent enough to be 'free readers'.