How are Phonics and Reading taught?

Our curriculum promotes a love of reading through experiential opportunities and learning. A wide range of teaching resources and texts are available to engage readers. In our independent learning environment, pupils continually use their reading skills to research and apply knowledge into their writing.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 phonic skills are developed through highly focused, daily sessions through the FFT Success For All Programme. The school offers opportunities for parents to attend phonics workshops in order to further increase understanding of the strategies used in school.  

Reading books for children completing phonics are accessible in school and online at home: these are closely linked to their phonetic awareness. Once children have graduated from the phonics scheme, the children have access to a wide range of books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry from our reading reference areas. The system supports the independent choice, by pupils, of reading books. All pupils are expected to have a current reading book in school and are supported in choosing a text appropriate to their reading level. In addition, we encourage all children to borrow books from our reading reference areas to further their reading at home.The school recognises and values the significant role of parents in further developing reading skills.

Gatley Primary School pupils are actively involved in promoting the love of reading across our school. In collaboration with staff, the children help cultivate and organise our reading reference areas.

For support with phonics at home and for more information about the FFT Success For All Phonics Scheme, please use the following link where access to the Parent Portal can also be found:

Reading Strategy

Top 100 Books for Key Stage 2


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