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Phonics & Reading

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Reading Progression
Sounds-Write timeline diagram

Phonics & Reading

Our reading resources are taken from a wide variety of published schemes to aid progression in reading skills. Teaching in phonics follows the Sounds-Write scheme. 




At Our Lady’s, Phonics is taught daily from Reception to Year 2, however it may continue to be taught across school to ensure that all children receive a good understanding of phonics to support their reading. Children will learn different phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (letters), to enable them to segment and blend words for reading. 


At Our Lady's, we follow the Sounds-Write scheme. The progression of this can be seen in the document named :

“Sounds-Write Timeline Diagram”.  


Our Phonics policy can be found in the Parental Documents & Policies section of our website. CLICK HERE to be redirected there.





We have a structured early learning reading programme. The teaching of early reading skills begins in Reception through daily story, rhyme and song time. A wide selection of early reading books are available from Reception and these are grouped into phonic ability. Children are taught during shared and guided group reading using structured and repetitive books, guided texts and short stories during the Summer term. Teachers and teaching assistants also read on an individual basis with children as necessary: how often and who is based on assessment of progress.  



Teachers and teaching assistants assess children's progression in early reading regularly using the PM Benchmark scheme. A percentage result and response to comprehension questions indicate whether the child is secure at that level and thus ready to move up. Children progress through these ‘colour steps’ and are hopefully ‘off the scheme’ by the end of KS1. Once they have moved beyond this scheme, our Accelerated Reader scheme is used, and pupils are supported carefully to make good book choices and maintain their motivation. Teachers and teaching assistants continue to read on an individual basis with children as necessary. How often and who is based on assessment of progress. As we know the importance of all children reading well as soon as possible, we put a great emphasis on reading with an adult in Year 1, as often as possible, with the aim on securing this skill in the earliest school years.   



Teachers and teaching assistants continue to monitor children’s reading progress through a combination of individual, group and shared reading as well as the Accelerated Reader scheme. To ensure shared access to high level texts and discussion, whole-class reading takes place at least three times a week across KS2 with a weekly comprehension test based on the Michael Caine strands. Opportunities for independent reading are provided to encourage children to develop reading stamina and reading for pleasure. Children and adults share their text choices and recommend books to others. ‘Buddy reading’ takes place in pairs of Year 3 and Year 6 children to develop reading role models.  All children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to change their reading book on completion of an AR quiz. Independent reading occurs daily and may be supported by a member of staff where children require additional help or support.  

When children have read their book, they will take a small, fun and interactive quiz to assess their understanding. A score will be logged and used as part of our continual assessment of your child’s progress in reading.  


To ensure all of our children become fluent readers with high levels of comprehension, we have created a school Reading Spine based on The Five Plagues of Reading.  


In his book, Reading Reconsidered, Doug Lemov points out that there are five types of texts that children should have access to in order to successfully navigate reading with confidence. These are complex beyond a lexical level and demand more from the reader than any other type of books.  


The idea is that each year, a child will cover all 5 plagues of reading, so that by the time they reach Year 6 and beyond, they have a good understanding of all of them and are able to access the more complex books expected in secondary school.   

Phonics & Reading Videos

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to deliver our usual sequence of phonics and reading workshops to our families. In order to support you, we have created some useful videos below/above. Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact us at enquiries@admin.aspullourladys.wigan.sch.uk