Phonics and Reading in Key Stage 1


At Carrington Primary School we use a synthetic phonics programme produced by Nottingham City Council alongside our reading scheme which is predominantly made up from the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’.

In Key Stage 1, classes have a 20 minute daily phonics session in a group that is matched to ability.   In this session, children learn different sounds and how to read and write words using this knowledge by blending and segmenting.  Children are taught how to apply this into reading and writing whole sentences.  Within the classes there are the characters Egbert and Hoppity who are used to help the children with their phonics.

For further information about learning to read through phonics visit the Department for Education website.

Children in Key Stage 1 are given a reading book and a home/school reading diary.  These books are mainly from the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme but do include some that are from other schemes such as the Pearson Phonics Bug scheme (this scheme includes online resources).  All books are banded into a progressive and cohesive scheme for the children to progress through.  When children have finished the scheme, they become ‘free readers’ and are able to choose their own reading book from a range of longer books.