Phonics, Reading And Writing
Reading is fundamental to education. Proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language is vital for pupils’ success. At Parsons Down, we aim for everyone to develop a love of reading with the skills to become brave, confident and inspired readers.
Reading, including the teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics, is taught from the beginning of Foundation Stage. Children at our partnership are taught to read using the "Letters and Sounds" phonics scheme through a daily phonics lesson. Phonics sounds should be pronounced in a particular way. Please see Oxford Owl's Pure Sounds video to find out how each sound should be said.
Our Reading Scheme sits alongside our phonics programme, Letters And Sounds. The scheme extends from Foundation to Year 6, enabling all children to enjoy a wide selection of books from different authors and genres.
Phonics is delivered in school using Letters and Sounds. Each year group works within particular phases. Click on the relevant year group/phase to access phonics resources they can use.
To see how the phonics sounds should be pronounced, please see Oxford Owl's Pure Sounds video.
You may also find the Phonics Play and Teach Your Monster To Read websites useful.
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Book Trust - Books and Reading
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Recommended Reads By Year Group
It is important that the children continue to practise their spelling regularly at home. We have put together a range of fun and practical ideas for practising spellings from the statutory spelling lists. We have also included a guide to finding spelling activities on Purple Mash.
Fun and Practical Spelling Practice for KS1
Years 1 and 2 Spelling PowerPoint
Years 1 and 2 Spelling Activity Sheets
Fun and Practical Spelling Practice for KS2
Years 3 and 4 Spelling PowerPoint
Years 3 and 4 Spelling Activity Sheets
Years 5 and 6 Spelling PowerPoint
Years 5 and 6 Spelling Activity Sheets