Reading and Phonics

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At Sandfield, reading skills are taught through phonics, focused reading comprehension skills and shared reading across the curriculum. We believe that it is vital for children to learn to read confidently in order for them to become independent learners. We encourage children to read for pleasure and to experience a variety of different texts.

During school time, teachers and teaching assistants will listen to children read on a regular basis. Learning Diaries are used as a tool for two-way communication and the importance of supporting children to read at home is highly promoted. In Key Stage One, all children are heard read at least once a week with children in Key Stage 2 reading to an adult every two weeks.

All children will have a personal reading book which they will read both in school and at home. In Key Stage 1, this reading book will be matched to each child’s current phonics ability. Children who have passed through all of the phonic phases will continue to choose books from our colour coded individual reading book boxes, which increase in challenge and difficulty. Children are expected to be able to read their book to a 90% degree of fluency before the reading book will be changed by an adult.  children in Key Stage 2 are able to select their reading books from the top 100 book lists in lower and upper Key stage 2. All children will always have the opportunity to choose a loan book from the school library.

Reading levels are thoroughly assessed using the PM Benchmark scheme, which enables us to decide when a child is ready to move on to the next book band level. In Key Stage 1, children will be benchmarked once they have reached the end of ‘green’ and ‘turquoise’ coloured books.

Each phase group has a set of the top 100 books, which are recommended for children to read at their age.

Key Stage One

100 Books KS1

Years 3 and 4


Years 5 and 6

100 Books Tear 5 and 6 (1)

Years 5 and 6 Additional Texts

Year 5 6 Additional Books

There are lots of ways to help your child to learn at home.  Please click the links below and find your child’s relevant class.

Reception / Year 1  / Year 2 / Year 3 / Year 4 / Year 5 / Year 6

The teaching of phonics continues into Key Stage 2 for those children who require additional support.

General information video about Phonics: