Early Reading - Phonics - Key Stage 1

At Ellwood Community Primary School, we believe that reading is at the heart of the children’s learning. It is an essential life skill that children need to be able to access the whole curriculum and become lifelong learners. We believe that learning to read and reading for pleasure transforms children’s lives.


'The Foundations of Reading, Spelling and Writing for Every Child'

Floppy's Phonics Programme

The Oxford Reading Tree Floppy’s Phonics systematic synthetic phonics programme provides you with all the structure and resources you need to deliver really effective synthetic phonics teaching for all children – as well as enriching their vocabulary and language comprehension.

Floppy’s Phonics is in line with the Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) teaching principles described in the ‘English programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 – National curriculum in England’ and the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage [EYFS]. 

Fundraising Sponsored Bounce
Thank you so much for supporting the sponsored bounce this year. Some of the money has been put towards some new books. We have been waiting for the books to be published and they are finally here! The books are amazing and will enhance the children’s phonics and reading development. We have also used some of this money to purchase some of our Golden Ticket prizes. Thank you so much ! Team work makes the dream work.

'High Frequency Words' and 'Helpful'

Alongside each phonic phase there are sets of ‘helpful words’ that children will need to learn by sight. These are words that are not able to be phonetically sounded out.

EYFS, KS1 and KS2 children are given words to learn by sight relevant to their attainment. In each year group there is a list of common exception words, which children will learn at school.

Early Reading

Reading books will be given to children from Reception through to Year 6. Reading books are graded and are matched to the phonic ability of your child. This system allows children to choose a book at an appropriate level for them and means that our pupils have more choice about what they read, hopefully leading to increased enthusiasm for reading. Children should be able to read their home reading books with approximately 95% fluency. 

Individual Reading Books - Key Stage 1

The reading books are separated into levels (1-12). Each level features 2 sets of reading books to ensure progression throughout the reading scheme. 

Fully Decodable: These books are fully decodable at your child’s phonic ability. 

Decode & Develop: These books offer more challenge as not all words can be decoded. Children may also practice reading more high frequency words within these books. 

Individual Reading 

We endeavour to hear the children read independently as often as possible. This maybe during guided reading sessions or reading texts linked to other subjects throughout the school day. This type of reading maybe linked to theme work.

Reading Pets
At Ellwood School we prioritise the teaching of reading and want to encourage all children to read for pleasure. We have reading pets in school that go home with the children to listen to them read. Our reading pets have proved successful in developing the children's love of reading. 
Book Vote 
The children in Oak and Chestnut enjoy voting for a story to read at storytime. The stories are taken from our 'Brilliant Books to Read' lists. 
Phonics Teaching

Phonics in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 is taught every day. It is also incorporated into English and spelling lessons. Children who are finding phonics challenging are given extra support and intervention, as and when needed, regardless of the year group they are in.

Sharing Library

As part of our ongoing aim to ensure all children at Ellwood School become lifelong readers we have introduced a sharing library for the children to select stories which can be enjoyed at home alongside their 'phonics decodable reading book'.

As these stories are richer reading opportunities they are to be shared with parents and do not have to be read independently due to the complexity of the text. Your child may like to help retell the story, have a go at blending some words or find tricky words within the text. These stories can be included in your child's reading record and will be counted towards their weekly reads.


The books that will be available for the children within the sharing library have been taken from our 'Brilliant Books to Read' book lists.
The children have access to high quality texts, poetry books, fact books and story props throughout the continuous provision in Reception.