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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 phonics scheme, "A Flying Start with Letters and Sounds". This is taught in daily phonics lessons.

Phonics Resources

Each year group works within particular phases. Click on the relevant year group/phase to access phonics resources they can use.

Phonics sounds should be pronounced in a particular way.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.

Reading Scheme

Our Reading Scheme sits alongside our phonics programme. The scheme extends from Foundation to Year 6, enabling all children to enjoy a wide selection of books from different authors and genres.

Reading Resources

40 Book Based Activities

5 Ways to Encourage Children to Read

Scholastic Book Club – Select "Parsons Down School" when checking out to earn a percentage of your sale for school to spend on more lovely books.

Book Trust - Books and Reading

Book Trust - Bookfinder - Find Children's Books For Every Age

Recommended Reads By Year Group

Spelling Resources

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 Word Mat

Years 1 and 2 Spelling PowerPoint

Years 1 and 2 Spelling Activity Sheets

Fun and Practical Spelling Practice for KS2

Years 3 and 4 Word Mat

Years 3 and 4 Spelling PowerPoint

Years 3 and 4 Spelling Activity Sheets

Years 5 and 6 Word Mat

Years 5 and 6 Spelling PowerPoint

Years 5 and 6 Spelling Activity Sheets

Purple Mash Spelling Quizzes

Spelling Activities and Games Online

Reading and Writing
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