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Phonics and Reading

Normandy Primary School

Phonics and Reading


The schemes used to support phonics and reading at Normandy Primary School are:-


Teaching of Reading

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Jolly Phonics and Oxford Reading Tree are used in EYFS. In KS1 children continue to work through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme where appropriate. In KS2, if needed, the Oxford Reading Tree will continue to be used for some children and others will progress through more challenging books and early chapter books until they become free readers. They will choose their own books from the class or school library. The choice of book will be monitored by the class teacher. There will be a formal guided group reading session along with individual reading in class.


The books in the school are organised into levels of difficulty shown by stages. Pupils have access to a range of books within their own book corners and also an extensive library. There is a part time community library nearby which can be visited by families.


Teaching of Phonics

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The teaching of phonics is broken down into 6 separate phases of either sounds or patterns. As the phases progress so does the expectation of the sound or pattern. It is the expectation at Normandy that pupils will be on phase 6 when they enter the KS2 however some children may still require teaching from phases 2-5.


Below is a general overview of how phonics is taught per year group or key stage:-


  • Nursery - two letter sounds per week. 
  • Reception - four letter sounds per week plus a consolidating lesson on Fridays. Whole class teaching for twenty minutes followed up by group work. Children are set from the second half of the autumn term.
  • Years 1 and 2 - whole class teaching every day.

  • Years 3 through 6 – Phonics teaching should be continued from the child’s phase, where appropriate.


    All children are tracked and assessed every half term. In Year 1 pupils undertake a formal phonic test; if children do not meet the standard required they will re-take the test in Year 2. Those pupils falling behind receive intervention throughout the key stage and for transition into Year 3 in KS2.


    Years 1 - 2 are given spellings appropriate to each child’s phase. Years 3 – 6 Spelling Bank is used to support the children when learning spelling patterns. These spellings are differentiated for each group and are tested weekly.


    Expectations of Parents/Carers


    Normandy School expects Parents/Carers to be an integral part of their child's learning. Therefore it expects them to listen to reading regularly and help with the learning of letters and sounds along with the learning of weekly spellings.