E P Collier

Primary School and Nursery

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Phonics and Reading at EP Collier

Phonics and Reading in KS1





In Key Stage One at EP Collier School has 30 minute ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonic sessions every morning from 9.00am—9.30am.


We use one systematic phonic programme called Letters and Sounds and teachers adapt the planning and teaching to match the needs of the class.


Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. The children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ - words with spellings which are unusual or which children have not yet been taught. For those children needing extra support, intervention booster groups are implemented. This program is also used for a short period to teach phonics to some children in Key Stage Two.


In Year Two, the children are taught spelling and grammar using the programs No Nonsense Spelling and No Nonsense Grammar. These programs also incorporates phonics. The children practice spelling and grammar using a range of engaging activities.



All children in Key Stage One take part in guided reading sessions weekly. Reception children are gradually introduced to guided reading as they are ready. The children experience a range of texts throughout the school, covering the three main genres of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Playscripts are also used. Shared reading is an important feature of the daily Literacy lesson. At EP Collier we believe in a multifaceted approach to reading and choose to use a varied selection of reading schemes to support the children’s development. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn, Big Cat and Rigby Star.


In Key Stage One children have the opportunity to change their reading books on a daily basis. These books are carefully matched to the child’s reading ability.