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Phonics and Reading at EP Collier


Parent information booklet for phonics



Phonics and Reading in KS1


Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skillfully. They are taught how to:

  • recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
  • identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
  • blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘blend’ the sounds in to a word. This is the first important step in learning to read.




In Key Stage One up to 30 minutes of systematic phonic sessions every day. EYFS also receive daily phonics in short guided sessions. Children are grouped according to their knowledge of sounds known.


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


LCP forms the basis for our Phonics Planning at EP Collier. Teaching 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 ‘common exception 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 addition, pupils in Year Two 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. 

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