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St Laurence Catholic Primary School

St Laurence
Catholic Primary School

Phonics and Early Reading

Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 have a daily Phonics lesson. We predominately follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phonics programme but also use  elements of other Phonic schemes, such as Jolly Phonics and Phonics Play, to ensure Phonics learning is fun, creative and  multi-sensory.

We do not follow a set reading scheme in Key Stage 1. Children progress through a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books organised by different 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 in reading of an ‘average’ child- but as each child is an individual no child makes smooth progress precisely in this way. Children can seem to learn in fits and starts – periods of progress followed by periods of consolidation when their improvement seems to halt for a while. These periods are important as your child develops confidence in using and applying their developing skills of reading.

If you are ever worried about your child’s progress, talk to their class teacher.