At the early stages of reading, the children are taught to decode texts by following a synthetics phonics programme (Letters and Sounds – see below for more information). Children are taught phonics in differentiated groupings so that the content of phonics lessons closely matches the ability of children in the group. Assessment is used frequently to diagnose anything that may be hindering progress in reading and so that children can move between groups flexibly according to ability.
Reading books are consistent with each child’s developing phonic knowledge and are taken home daily. This means that children can practice their reading outside of the school day using a fully decodable text so that they experience success in reading.