Phonics and Reading

At Roe Green Infant School, we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers.  We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier.  Through phonics children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. The teaching of phonics and reading is of high priority as it underpins learning in all areas of the curriculum.


We value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers.  We believe reading is key for academic success and so to ensure we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading, we focus on the teaching of both decoding and comprehension alongside one another, in both phonics and guided reading sessions.  Children take part in two Guided Reading lessons a week, where they are exposed to a range of different texts and can demonstrate their understanding and thinking behind these.  Echo reading is one of the strategies used to support the development of children’s fluency and expression.  Each classroom has a reading area that is filled with books suitable for their reading age, together with a selection of books which are directly linked with the class topic.  


Children are given opportunities to visit the well-stocked and welcoming library to explore their own interests.  This immersion in high quality texts, helps children to become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary and build on their prior knowledge.  It also offers opportunities for the children to apply their reading skills across the curriculum.  Phonics is taught twice a day primarily through the Bug Club Phonics scheme for Reception and Key Stage 1.  In Nursery, children are introduced to phonics through the use of the Jolly Phonics scheme.  The children are allocated books according to their reading level and phonic phase so that they can continue their learning at home.