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Phonics and Reading


Teaching Phonics at East Meon CE Primary School


Phonics is taught daily in Year R and Key Stage 1 following the Letters and Sounds programme. Children recap sounds everyday before moving onto the next one.

Practical, ‘hands on’ activities are used to reinforce learning and help the children to apply what they are doing.

Children have regular opportunities to apply their learning when reading and completing written activities.

Prompts and supports are in classes to help the children while they are working so that they can be independent readers and writers.


Children in Year R take home key words to practice and in Key Stage 1 children take home lists of words linked to their weekly sound to practice and learn.


In Key Stage 2 phonics is taught discreetly in weekly sessions building on sounds from Key Stage 1 as well as specific spelling rules and exceptions. Links are made to rules and exceptions in Literacy sessions and other curriculum areas where possible.

Children take him lists of words to practice, apply to sentences and learn.



Reading at East Meon CE Primary School


A range of fiction and non-fiction books are available for children to choose from and read.

In Year R children have access to picture books to read for pleasure and the main scheme used to develop the mechanics of reading is The Oxford Reading Tree.

Children in Year R read regularly to an adult 1to 1.


Books are also available to children to read for pleasure in Key Stage 1 as well as a variety of books to develop the mechanics of reading and comprehension. These books are colour banded and children work through the different colours as they progress.

In Key Stage 1 children read in a small group as part of guided reading with at least one session with the class teacher. Additional reading with an adult 1 to 1 also takes place regularly.

Children have regular sessions in the school library to change books to take home and share with an adult.


In Key Stage 2children have guided reading with at least one session with the class teacher, focusing on the mechanics of reading, comprehension and aspects such as inference and deduction.

Children also have the opportunity to read for pleasure and have access to books in the classroom as well as in the school library.


Regular opportunities are provided for parents to come into school to read with and share books with children.