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Phonics and Reading

At Bysing Wood, we intend for all children to leave as at the end of Year 6 with a love of reading and to have reached the expected standard, so that they can access their next phase of their learning. Our children are encouraged to look at and read a variety of books and texts, both at school and at home. We aim to do this by:

  • Our phonics teaching
  • Whole class reading
  • Individual reading
  • Reading at home
  • Reading for Pleasure



Following recent government guidance, we have invested in ‘Essential Letters and Sounds’ to teach early reading in our school. This programme is based on Letters and Sounds (2007). This change will impact the way phonics and reading are taught. All the changes will have a positive effect on the children’s learning, and we are very excited to implement this new programme.

Children’s progression in phonics is directly related to their reading ability. The Essential Letters and Sounds programme has a consistent and progressive approach, which interlinks both the learning of new sounds and applying them to reading. The aim is for the children to be working alongside their peers with similar phonics knowledge within their daily sessions. The children are being continuously assessed and interventions will be put in place to make sure that the children keep up, rather than catch up. 


To best support us in teaching your child how to read, we ask that you read the decodable text provided by the school,

  • 4 times across the week
  • 10 minutes a day

We will be changing children’s books once a week, this allows your child to re-read each text several times building their confidence and fluency. This is especially important as they begin to learn that the sounds within our language can be spelt in different ways. It is a key part of learning to read that children re-read words and sentences that they can decode (sound out) until they are fluent (read with ease and precision). By reading texts several times children have the greatest opportunity to achieve this fluency. The texts sent home are carefully matched to the teaching taking place in school. Your child will be practising what they have been taught in school with you at home.

When reading, we must use pure sounds when we are pronouncing the sounds and supporting children in reading words, for example, ‘b’ not ‘buh’. If we mispronounce these sounds we will make reading harder for our children. Please use the following QR code to watch a short video which demonstrates each sound.




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