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Phonics and Reading

KS1 Phonics and Reading

We have incorporated recommendations to use a synthetic phonics approach in English. In Foundation Stage Letters and Sounds, Phonics Play, Jolly Phonics, High Frequency words, progressive reading schemes and appropriate schemes as available are used. Letters and Sounds, along with Phonics Play, Oxford Reading Tree phonics are used on a daily basis in KS1, and children continue to gain support from progressive reading schemes and weekly individual and guided reading.



What do Book Band levels mean?

Reading books are graded by difficulty by reading levels known as Book Bands. Each Book Band has its own colour. The chart below gives an indication of the range of Book Band levels at which most children will be reading as they progress through primary school.

The chart shows the progress of an ‘average’ band of children- but no individual child is ‘average’, so no child makes smooth progress precisely in this way. Children tend to learn in fits and starts – periods of growth followed by periods of consolidation when their progress seems to halt for a while. The periods where you don’t see rapid progress may be worrying, especially after a ‘growth spurt’, but they are important as your child develops confidence in using and applying their newly acquired skills.
If you are ever worried about your child’s progress, talk to their teacher.

Reception – age 4-5 years
Year 1 – age 5-6 years
Year 2 – age 6-7 years
Year 3 – age 7-8 years
Year 4 – age 8-9 years
Year 5 – age 9-10 years
Year 6 – age 10-11 years



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