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 Reading Schemes

At Cononley Primary School we teach 'Synthetic Phonics' using the Letters and Sounds programme. Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word.

Children begin to learn Synthetic Phonics as soon as they start school in Reception and continue through Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2). Children learn how to read and spell words using their phonic knowledge.

We use a wide range of teaching techniques and resources in our daily phonics sessions and aim to make lessons fun and interactive. The ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme is used to supplement the Letters and Sounds programme. Every year, during the Autumn term, we hold an information evening for parents on the teaching of phonics and reading, with ideas for parents to help their children at home.

Key Words

We also encourage pupils to learn words 'by sight'. These words are the common words that are not easy to decode using phonic methods (the tricky words!) and need to be practised until they are instantly recognisable.

Reading Books

Our children are introduced to phonics readers in Reception using the following schemes:

  • Jelly and Bean
  • Floppy’s Phonics
  • Phonics Bug

In addition, we have a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction reading books from other schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat to enable children to develop reading skills and broaden their experience of different texts. Children can also take home a book from the library each week.

At Cononley Primary School all of our reading books are organised into 'Book Bands' which is a method used to group books according to their level of difficulty. Children will begin by reading books which can be wholly decoded using phonics and gradually extend the complexity of vocabulary which they read  as their skills develop.


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