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Phonics and Reading

We view reading as a fundamental life skill and aim to develop a genuine love and lasting passion for reading within every child.  Children who enjoy reading, achieve more highly across the curriculum.  We believe that phonics helps to give children the foundations to develop into fluent readers and writers. We prioritise in ensuring that children gain the phonic knowledge and language comprehension skills necessary to read. These are essential to the foundations for their current and future learning. The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority at Woodfield and reading is taught in a logical, systematic progression which enables children to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to develop as readers.

Adults in our school act as role models and demonstrate an enthusiasm for reading and will regularly read to children.  We recognise the importance of ensuring children access a wide range of high quality reading material.  Through reading, we want our pupils to have the opportunity to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.  Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading will also empower our children both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. Reading is viewed as a key skill across the curriculum.  It is an integral part of every child’s school day at Woodfield. 

At Woodfield Infant School, the systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority.  We are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers and believe that phonics helps to give children the foundations to develop into fluent readers and writers.  Phonics is the process that is used to help children read and spell by breaking words down into separate sounds or ‘phonemes’.  It enables children to blend sounds together to read whole words and to spell by segmenting words into individual sounds.

Woodfield School teaches phonics through a daily letters and sounds programme.


During the induction sessions and planned curriculum meetings, staff at school will share with you our approach to the teaching of phonics.


We use a variety of reading schemes across the school, including Rigby Star and Bug Club, to teach new skills and consolidate learning. Reading is taught individually and as part of guided/group reading sessions.


At the end of Year One, your child's phonic knowledge will be assessed using a statutory assessment known as the Phonics Screening Check. The result of this screening check will be shared with parents and carers in July.

A Parents' Guide to Phonics

The Phonic Screening Check

Progression in Reading

Spotlight on Reading - Parents' Information from Newsletter