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Phonics and Reading

World Book Day

Every year we celebrate World Book Day. Over the years we have taken part in a range of activities.We have dressed up as our favoutite books characters, dressed a potato as a character from a book, received visits from authors and shared our favourites books with children in other classes.  At Spinfield we love books!

Phonics and Reading at Spinfield


Early Years/Key Stage 1

We use the systematic synthetic phonics programme, Monster Phonics , to teach children the skills to become enthusiastic, fluent and confident readers and writers. Across Early Years and Key Stage 1 the children are taught at a dedicated time every day with the children being regularly assessed to ensure that we are best meeting their needs.


Monster Phonics promotes the teaching of phonics through a structured and uniform approach with the children participating 100% in the learning process. The scheme ensures that the children are taught the sounds and corresponding graphemes needed to be successful for reading and writing. The children apply their learning of new sounds to read and write both real and "nonsense" words, in preparation for the Phonics Screening check in Year one.


In addition to phonics lessons, Monster Phonics provides a range of decodable reading books. There are 10 stages in total and children are regularly assessed to ensure that they are placed on the right stage for them. The children will have up to 3 guided reading sessions a week on the same book and then this will be sent home as an ebook. Your child should then be able to read this book fluently at home. 


Every child in Early years and KS1 will also have the opportunity to bring home 3 books to share with you, every week. These books will be chosen by the children from our well stocked library and may include books from our previous reading scheme. These books are for sharing and encouraging a love of reading and books. 


Please read the power point below for more information about phonics and reading.

Thank you for your support and we hope these new and exciting changes will enhance your child’s home reading experience. 

Monster Phonics information for parents