Phonics and Reading

At Sherwood Primary School the children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 take part in a 20 minute phonics session each day. Our daily phonics lessons follow the guidance set out in the Letters and Sounds phonics resource, which was published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read and write by developing their phonic knowledge.

The children are given a reading book which they will bring home with them each day. When parents have listened to their child read they write a comment in the accompanying reading diary. Reading books can be changed daily. In addition to this, the children take part in regular focussed guided reading sessions. Children who are below age related expectations in reading will also have additional reading sessions each week.

We value reading as an essential part of children's learning at Sherwood.  Each child is given the opportunity to take home a different library book each week from our recently refurbished library.

The books in the reading scheme were recently replenished and re-ordered into different bands as well as introducing new phonics books to supplement the teaching of phonics.

We use a wide variety of books from various schemes to deliver the widest range of genres we can possibly get.  Examples of the reading schemes we use are:

  • Oxford Reading Tree;
  • Bug Club;
  • Project X;
  • Oxford Press;
  • Collins Big Cat;
  • Pearson Phonics Bug.

The School Council were also taken to a local book supplier, Askews, to choose books for a separate 'Reading Trolley'. Children can use these books to complement their reading as and when the teacher decides. 

These have been a very popular addition to our reading journey.

Sherwood Primary School

Sherwood Way, Fulwood,

Preston PR2 9GA

Main contact: Mrs J Maddock