Phonics and Reading

Phonics and Reading at Stannington First School

Reading plays a vital role in the development and education of our pupils.  At Stannington First, we ensure that pupils have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. We continually strive to promote a love of reading, through our use of a wide range of texts, to ensure that pupils are ready for the next stages in their learning.


In Key Stage One and Early Years, we deliver a consistent approach to phonics using Letters and Sounds and ReadWriteinc. Every pupil takes part in a daily phonics lesson to help them decode (sound out) words and blend sounds into words, that they can then read and spell.

Reading focuses on helping pupils to understand what they have read and also links to short writing activities.

Small group work on a daily basis allows staff to pin point any individual who may need additional support in this area and staff plan intervention activities if needed. Teachers will always keep parents and carers informed if their child is receiving additional support.

Reading schemes

Pupils read through a set of book banded books. Each colour in the book bands, represents a different level, matched initially to the phonics phase that the pupils are currently working within. We provide a rich reading diet and a range of books within each book band.

Pupils are aware of which book band they are reading within and choose books from within this band to read at home. 

Opportunities for reading

Pupils read regularly in all areas of the curriculum and in every part of the school day through:


  • Whole Class Text Study - English lessons are often taught through a quality text which is chosen carefully by the Class Teacher. Across the year, the texts will include a range of genres which have been chosen due to the many opportunities of vocabulary development or curriculum links that they offer. Children will engage in many reading activities which will promote a deeper comprehension of the text before embarking on a sequence of work, which results in a written outcome, all linked to the text.


  • Guided Reading - Teachers work with small groups of pupils to teach specific and targeted reading skills with a book that is sufficiently challenging.


  • Reading Across the Curriculum - Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning. there is very much a focus on 'reading to learn' across foundation curriculum areas, with children engaging in wider research, both online and through fiction and non-fiction texts.


  • Story Time - Throughout the school, books are read aloud to pupils to ensure they hear good examples of reading aloud and to develop their enthusiasm for reading books themselves.