Reading and Phonics

Early Reading at Coverack School

Throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 phonics sessions are taught daily using the Letters and Sounds phases for learning. Children move through the phases of learning, building up a bank of recognised sounds and then begin to blend these for reading and segment them for writing. Children have the opportunity to revisit sounds that they may not yet recognise in smaller groups or individually. Tricky words that cannot be sounded out are learnt by heart through the “look and say” method. Common exception words are words that do not follow the common phonetic spelling rules that children learn in Year 1 and Year 2. Many of these exception words are used frequently and the children practise reading and spelling these during their phonics sessions.


All children have a banded reading book that is carefully matched to their current reading ability – this means their ability to both decode the words using their phonic knowledge - and also to comprehend the text they are reading.  


Children in EYFS read individually daily to an adult. Children in Year 1 and Year 2 take part in twice weekly guided reading group sessions and also read with an adult individually.


We share stories daily during story time and the children make good use of the class library as part of their continual provision.


We encourage parents and carers to hear their children read daily at home for about 15/20 minutes. Children can also take books home from the school library to look at with their family.