Reading and Phonics Approach at Ladywood Primary School



At Ladywood Primary School, early reading skills are taught using synthetic phonics. The school follows the government published programme ‘letters and sounds’, using resources from the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme. We also use the LCP phonics scheme alongside the letters and sounds document. This provides us with a multi-sensory approach that accommodates all learning styles. We also use interactive resources such as ‘phonics play’ to reinforce the work taught.

Phonics is taught daily in the Early and KS1 phases of school. Initially children’s listening skills are developed through the use of music, environmental sounds and rhyme. Pupils are then systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words.

They are taught to use phonics skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.


Useful Videos

Articulation of Phonemes

A simple video which shows the pronunciation for each of the phonemes (sounds) in the English language. These 'pure' sounds help the children to blend and segment - to read and write.



Articulation of phonemes



The National Phonics Test is done in the June of year 1. The outcomes of this test are shared with parents.



Reading At Ladywood Primary School, we have a range of reading schemes in school. These reading schemes are divided into different coloured ‘book bands’. Every book band includes books from a range of reading schemes so they will experience a range of stories, text types and illustrations.


Our main schemes in school are Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Stars, Project X, Big Cat Phonics and Songbirds.


The majority of books within the early book bands can be decoded using phonics skills and knowledge.


We also have a non-fiction library which classes have a timetabled slot for weekly to learn library skills and to borrow books.


As a school we encourage parents to get involved in their children’s reading and to write in the children’s reading cards/journals when they have read with their child.


Children are heard read individually and in guided reading groups every week throughout school. Reading lessons are also taught weekly to give children the skills for reading and to have an understanding of the text as a whole. Comprehension is paramount to successful reading and a great emphasis is placed on discussing characters, settings and answering how and why questions. We try very hard to help the children to see the links between reading and writing.


Reading for Pleasure


At Ladywood Primary School, we encourage children to develop a love of reading. We encourage children to read books with their family and to share books they enjoy. Children can choose and borrow books from our school library too.


We have had school topics based around authors and enjoy theatre companies coming in and performing some of our favourite stories. We have had ‘story tents’ workshops in to promote fun story telling. We encourage our children to use the language they pick up in books in their own speaking and writing.