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Reading and Phonics

Reading at Callis Grange School








Our approach to teaching Reading not only supports the development of phonics and reading skills but also nurtures a passion for reading for enjoyment and enjoying a variety of texts. Children are exposed to a wide range of quality texts and opportunities to explore language, enrich vocabulary and broaden experiences. 


All children are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds (National Curriculum 2014). 

Environments that encourage a reading for pleasure culture is promoted throughout the school and prescribed reading spaces such as the library and book areas which are well stocked and up to date with books that are class appropriate (in age, difficulty, interests or topics etc).  Children are given ample opportunity to spend time in these spaces, allowing them to choose and discuss the books that they are selecting and reading. 

Home Reading records are given to each child to record what they have read each night and an adult signature should be recorded in the diary every time as evidence the child has read to an adult. 

We ensure we pay close attention to the following aspects of reading: 

  • Word recognition 

  • Fluency 

  • Using strategies when reading texts 

  • Language, reading comprehension and enjoyment 

To find out more about Reading in the Primary English curriculum click the link below 

Primary English Curriculum 


Phonics - Little Wandle                     


Phonics skills are taught using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised scheme. Phonics is taught in 5 progressive phases across Reception and Year 1. Year 2 children will apply their phonic knowledge by focusing on GPS (Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling). Children in Year 2 who are not secure in reading words that include Phase 5 phonemes, will continue to have a daily phonics session. 


Year R 

Year 1 

Year 2 

Phase 2 

Phase 3 

Phase 4 

Revise Phase 3 

Revise Phase 4 

Phase 5 

Revise Phase 5 




Please click on the link below to access the Little Wandle website: 


We aim that children will read 1:1 with an adult at least twice a week as well as in groups during reading practice We also encourage children to read at home regularly with an adult to support their learning. Children take home a high quality text book which are used to teach skills such as fluency, intonation, comprehension and enjoyment. Children also have access to a phonic e-book which is matched closely to their phonic level and is used to support children’s letter (grapheme) recognition, sound (phoneme) recognition and segmenting and blending practise. This e book matches the phonic book the children will read in school with their phonic teacher. Each class will have access to the school library . 


Useful links to websites that support reading: 


Oxford Owl - 
Little Wandle Parent Support - 

(useful videos to support the pronunciation of sounds and the teaching of blending can be found on the parent support page) 





As part of our teaching of phonics, we teach children how to say the sounds. The smallest units of spoken sound in a language are called phonemes. Click here to hear the articulation of each phoneme.


School Address

Callis Grange Nursery and Infant School