Reading and Phonics

Our intention at Broadway Infant School is for each child to develop an overarching love of reading for pleasure. Our aim is for our children is for them to make excellent progress in reading, developing into fluent, confident readers who have a good understanding of what they read. Children are exposed to high-quality, varied texts and immersed in vocabulary-rich learning environments inspiring them to enjoy learning to read. We recognise that each child has their own starting point and progress and attainment is measured in line with this.

Phonics is taught daily in every class. In EYFS, the Jolly Phonics programme incorporating physical actions ensures a secure knowledge of all initial sounds. Teachers then plan and teach using Phonics Play, Espresso Phonics, and Letters and Sounds, offering a wide variety of approaches to suit all learners. This approach continues in KS1, and lessons will include reviewing previously learned sounds, learning and applying new sounds in reading and spelling and learning to read and spell high frequency words.

Reading is taught in a variety of ways, as well as in phonics. Children take part in guided reading sessions as well as whole class reading and comprehension lessons. All classes have a daily class book read to them, and the whole school all learn a Word of the Day (shared with parents) to expand vocabulary knowledge. Reading also plays a large part in daily English lessons based on a quality text used throughout each term. Using a text as a basis for teaching allows explicit comprehension teaching, story-telling and retelling, and vocabulary exploration.

Speaking and listening plays an important part in reading, and this is emphasised in guided reading sessions.

Children are given a book banded reading book and a reading book linked to their stage in their phonics learning so they can practise their reading skill sat home and further develop their love of reading.

Children at Broadway speak with clarity, expression and confidence to communicate their thoughts whilst also listening to those of others. Children enjoy reading and develop good lifelong reading habits; reading for pleasure and reading for information. Children read audibly, accurately and coherently, adapting their voice to suit a range of purpose, audience or text type. Children are able to explain and discuss what they have read having developed their inference and deduction skills.

Reading progression of knowledge and skills


How children learn phonics – parents presentation

Phonics screening check guide for parents

Learn to read with phonics a parents guide

Oxford Owl – free e-book library

Supporting reading comprehension