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Phonics and Reading


Hi, I’m Mrs. Mitchell and I’m the Phonics Lead at New Swannington Primary School.

“Reading is an essential life skill giving children the opportunity to obtain information and knowledge independently. It enables them to experience and enjoy language in a wide variety of forms. Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation.”

At New Swannington Primary School we are determined that every child will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities.

From August 2022, our children will be following Essential Letters and Sounds Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme, validated by the Department for Education.

Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and Year 1 and then throughout school as needed to develop skills for reading, writing and spelling. 

Phonetically decodable books which match children’s grapheme-phoneme correspondence knowledge are used both in school and at home to allow sufficient practise in reading and re-reading. There are opportunities to consolidate phonemes and the skills of blending and segmenting, that the children have learned in their daily phonics sessions, through classroom continuous and enhanced provision.

Our chosen publisher for reading books throughout New Swannington is Oxford University Press. This ensures that our children are exposed to our rich and varied literary heritage.

Children who are falling behind the programme’s pace, are identified quickly and targeted support can be given immediately. Additional support is given enabling them to continue the programme whilst catching up. Where children need additional support with Phonics higher up the school, this is provided through a bespoke catch up programme called Project X Code.

We actively encourage parents to support their child’s learning in Early Reading by attending a Parents Reading Evening each year and in practising phonemes and reading at home.

If you have any questions about phonics please get in touch.