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Key Stage 1 Phonics

At Key Stage 1 (Infant) we aim to:

  •  Enable our pupils to read confidently, fluently, accurately and with understanding and enjoyment.
  • Teach pupils to employ a full range of reading cues - phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual - to monitor, correct and make sense of their own reading.
  • Foster an interest in words and their meanings and to gain an appreciation of books from a variety of genres and media (fiction, nonfiction, reading scheme books, ‘real’ books, e-books (bug club) etc.
  • Foster a love of different types of literature, to read with enjoyment and be able to evaluate and justify preferences.

Key Stage 1 use a variety of published schemes, such as Letters and Sounds Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, Songbirds, Jolly Phonics and Read, Write Inc. to support the teaching in reading and phonics.

Reading is taught alongside phonics beginning with Phase 1,2 and 3 in Reception.   To enable children to recognise and read high frequency words, we use ‘action words’.  Each word has a picture and an action, children learn to recall these words in a ‘hands on’ way.