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Phonics and Reading


At Quilters Infant School, our approach to teaching early reading and synthetic phonics is systematic and ensures that all children learn to read words and simple sentences accurately by the end of Reception.  We have created our own bespoke synthetic system of phonics (SSP), using elements of ‘Letters and Sounds’ and enriched songs and images from the Jolly Phonics programme for aural and visual stimuli.  


Our SSP has clear phonic milestones for FS, Year 1 and Year 2 (see documents below).  We are clear about what children need to learn in what order and by when.  Where a pupil falls behind our intended phonics curriculum, staff intervene immediately and offer extra support, working closely with parents who are informed.  This sharp focus on ensuring that younger children attain these milestones, ensures they gain the phonics knowledge and language comprehension necessary to read, and the skills to communicate, gives them the foundations for future learning.


Phonics is taught through a range of whole class, small group and individual activities.  Children are encouraged to use their increasing phonic knowledge in shared, guided and independent reading and writing across the curriculum.  

Our rigorous and sequential approach to the reading curriculum develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading. A selection of colour banded reading books from popular reading schemes is available in all classrooms, providing children with opportunities to practise their phonic knowledge and recognition of common exception words.  All bandings are directly related to the phonics a pupil is learning and has mastered.  Pupils are given books to read to their families at home that match the phonics they are learning in school to further embed learning. Children also select unbanded books to share with a parent or carer from a range of genres to broaden their reading experiences and develop their love of reading.  



For more information about the curriculum please contact the school office and ask for Mrs Thompson, the Infant School Deputy Head Teacher.