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English including phonics

“The more that you read, the more things that you’ll know.
The more that you learn, the more places that you’ll go” Dr. Seuss

At Kingsbury Primary School we believe that reading for pleasure is key to success. All children are encouraged to love reading a wide variety of material: books, magazines, newspapers and to read online. A love of reading is shared by all our staff.


Phonics at Kingsbury Primary

The children are assessed regularly to track their progress and ensure that good progress is being made through the ‘phases’. We follow Letters and Sounds using the Little Wandle L&S scheme.

We provide workshops in Reception and Y1 to support parents and provide them with information and activities to help their child at home. Year one pupils are formally assessed by an unseen government test and results are reported to parents. It is a decoding test using ‘real and non-real’ words.

In Reception and Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) children will learn to read and spell simple words using phonics, by breaking down or building up words using the sounds that letters make. We teach a high quality, daily, discrete phonics session from Reception to Year 2, and where it is needed in other year groups. 

This way of teaching phonics is sometimes referred to as  Synthetic Phonics. Synthetic phonics is the breaking down of words into their separate sound components known as phonemes. Phonemes can consist of more than one letter for example ch, oo, er, igh etc.

In our teaching we discuss elements such as:


Digraphs: these are two letters making a single sound eg: ar, ee, ou etc.
Trigraphs are three letters making a single sound eg: igh.
A grapheme is a phoneme written down.


Segmenting is where you break each word into its separate phoneme, for example ‘chop’ has 3 phonemes, ch/o/p. Blending is simply putting those sounds back together to form a word.

Some words in the English language cannot be broken down into separate phonemes. These words are known as tricky words and we teach the children to be able to read and know the whole word, for example, ‘said’ or ‘what’.




Some useful links for parents below.

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).


For reading at home we use a range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. In the early years and key stage 1, children will be given a book from  our reading scheme to read at home. We have access to real books and e books, using the e books means children can read the book at home that they have read in their practise reading sessions in school. The book will include the sounds children have been taught in school and will be fully decodable. The aim of this is for children to develop a real fluency in their reading.They also choose a sharing book to take home this book will often need adult support as it will contain sounds they have not yet learnt.


In KS2 we encourage to choose children to choose a text that they will enjoy but also that will challenge and develop them. We strongly encourage children to read a wide variety of books. We share books in class as part of English lessons or as a class story to encourage children to try different authors. We have a library where classes visit regularly so children can swap books.


A really useful selection of e-books can be found on


In class children have  guided reading sessions. In reception and KS1 there are reading sessions for at least three days a week. 

Reading takes place in all lessons, using books and electronic devices.

Parents are encouraged to hear their child read every day, or as often as possible and return their reading bag and log to school.





Oxford Owl for Home - Free eBooks library

Lots of free resources for Primary age

Listen to a story:
Storyline is an online story telling website featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations

Oliver Jeffers read some of his brilliant books!


World Book Online - Lots of fabulous books to read for free, including non fiction.


Audible - Lots of stories to listen to.


BBC- Classics read aloud.


Some David Walliams stories, read aloud.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling is high on the National Agenda for education. Parents often ask for advice about the grammar elements. The link below has many useful parts.


Create a story - Stuck for ideas? 


Or maybe one of these pictures can inspire you to make up a story  


Try making a funny story with your child using this co-operative method shown on Youtube


Alan Peat exciting sentences app for iphones and ipads


Authorfy For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out our Authorfy '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators - we add a new challenge to this page every single day! For more author videos and free resources, check out our 'classroom' page.


The Reading Realm – Home learning packs


Fairy tales

Creative writing