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Littlebourne Church of England Primary School

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Here at Littlebourne, we recognise reading as being a key life skill which underpins every element of the wider curriculum.  We understand that by confidently learning this skill, children are given the chance to take the first step towards being lifelong readers and developing an essential life skill.   We value and encourage children to read for pleasure and enjoyment and we do this by exposing them to a wide range of authors and genres.


By the time children have reached the end of Reception, the aim is for all children to have a secure understanding of Phase 2 and 3 phonemes and are able to use these to segment and blend words for reading.   Throughout Year 1, the children are taken through Phase 4 and 5 so they are able to confidently engage when they enter Year 2.




Through the teaching of phonics, the children are taught the essential skills needed for reading.  They are taught how to combine their skills and knowledge in order to decode words and read sentences.  We provide daily systematic synthetic phonics sessions in reception and year one along with continued phonics sessions in year two and separate intervention sessions for those children still requiring extra support, to allow us to underpin the framework for teaching children early reading skills. Children are taught to read and write from left to write using learnt graphemes as well as skills to blend and segment individual sounds in words in order to achieve the expected literacy standard.  As children develop through the school they are taught the range of skills that are needed in order to recognise and use common exception words


Each of our phonic lessons include the following elements:

  • Revise
  • Teach
  • Practise
  • Apply
  • Assess





Our children will be able to:

  • Confidently read and understand sentences using phonic knowledge.
  • Use a wide range of skills to decode words and read common irregular words (tricky words).
  • Achieved the expected standard in the year one phonics screening.
  • Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
  • Read fluently by the time they leave primary school
  • Find and enjoy their love and passion for reading

Phonic Games and Resources