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Reading: learning to decode

Children have daily differentiated phonics lessons throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. This enables them to learn the basic building blocks of decoding, blending and segmenting.  These skills are necessary to develop reading.   We use ‘Letters and Sounds’ as the basis of our phonics lessons.

Children are assessed using PM Benchmark to determine an appropriate level of reading book to take home and practice their developing skills. For those children who cannot yet access the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, we run a daily Lexia intervention session.

In Foundation Stage, ‘Jolly Phonics’ is used to teach mnemonics. By the end of Foundation 1, there is a concentration on Aspect 7 of Phase 1 Letters and Sounds; this focuses on oral blending and segmenting.

For children who need extra support throughout school, we offer Lexia, Project X Code and Switch on Reading standardised interventions with teaching assistants who have been specially trained.