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Reading and Phonics


In Year 3, phonics is taught in classes following the Letters and Sounds programme.  We also use the Toe by Toe phonics scheme as an intervention to support children who have been identified as needing additional help to secure their phonics knowledge.  Miss Clark leads this across the school and has carried out training for teachers and volunteer readers.


For more information, visit the Toe by Toe website:


The school uses Accelerated Reader to track and reward reading.  We assess children's level of comprehension and decoding to set an initial reading range within AR, and children choose books within this prescribed range.  When children finish a book, they take a computer test - specific to the book - to gauge their understanding of the text.  AR logs the results of these quizzes, this enables teachers to pitch future book choices at the correct level for the child.  AR also enables teachers to set targets for the number of books read, average quiz scores or book level for children to aim for.  Children are rewarded with certificates for reaching various word count targets.


Guided reading is daily and takes place in English groups across the school.  Children take part in two whole class taught guided reading sessions over the course of the week.  During the other three sessions, children will be involved in other reading activities including paired and group reading as well as time for individual reading.