At Ferryhill Station Primary, we understand the importance of reading to each individual child. For this reason, we put a strong emphasis on the teaching of early reading through phonics and aim to generate a love of reading through class novels, daily reading and reading diaries. 


In order to make sure we are teaching the children how to read, so that they can access these fantastic novels and class stories, the children are taught phonics at the earliest opportunity. This is through the Sounds Write scheme and is a systematic approach to understanding the sounds in a sequential order. 

Our aim is to support every child in becoming a fluent and successful reader. We believe that a strong and consistent approach to the teaching of phonics is vital for our children to learn to read and spell accurately. The teaching of reading begins with our youngest pupils. We support Nursery and Reception children in tuning into the sounds around them and developing an awareness that letters represent sounds which go together to make words.

Our phonics scheme, Sounds Write, teaches children the spellings for sounds we say in words and the essential skills of blending and segmenting necessary for learning to read and spell words.

Alongside this, children are taught ‘tricky words’ which occur frequently in books but cannot be read phonetically.

As part of the scheme, we use books that contain words with the spellings being taught. Teachers carefully select Sounds Write reading books with words that are phonetically decodable, meaning that children can successfully blend the words in these.

During their time in Reception and Key Stage One, our children take part in daily Sounds Write sessions, delivered by trained staff, and children who need extra support in Key Stage Two access small group intervention work. Children are taught to apply the decoding skills they have acquired when reading throughout the curriculum.

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