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Phonics & Reading


Ogbourne Reading - Intent, Implementation and Impact 

- To view our Reading Curriculum in more detail, click here

Reading Intent 
At Ogbourne, the key objectives in our phonic and reading lessons are that children are taught to:

  • love books and enjoy listening to stories, poems and rhymes
  • read letter-sound correspondences quickly and decode effortlessly
  • comprehend what they read
  • read with fluency and expression
  • work effectively with a partner/group to articulate their learning at every step

Phonics Advice, Reading Advice, Guidance & Tips

Reading For Pleasure - What We Know Works
(taken from research conducted by CLPE)

1. Developing an ethos and an environment that excites, enthuses, inspires and values

2. Providing our pupils with high quality texts with depth and interest in story, character, illustration, vocabulary, structure and subject matter

3. A read aloud programme

4. Having teachers who are knowledgeable about children’s literature

5. Creating a community of readers with opportunities to share responses and opinions

6. Planning for talking about books and stories, providing structures within which to do this

7. Understanding the importance of illustration in reading both in terms of creating a text and responding to a text

8. Using drama and role-play to help children to understand and access texts

9. Working with authors and author / illustrators to understand the process of creating books

10. Using literature beyond the literacy lesson – cross-curricular planning with quality literature as the starting point

Phonics - An Introduction

- To view our Phonics Curriculum in more detail, click here

At Ogbourne, we teach daily Phonics lessons and follow the "Essential Letters and Sounds" scheme. This scheme is an entire programme of lessons, for those who would benefit from a little revision at home, can be found here: Essential Letters and Sounds

We know that by teaching Synthetic phonics (word recognition processes) our children will be able to read and decode words and in turn comprehend and understand what they read. We teach a daily Phonics lesson to all children in the EYFS and KS1. At the end of Y1 all children complete a phonics screening check, our results for the 2019 check are 87% of children achieved the expected standard.

Our reading books contains a mix of fully decodable and 85% decodable books. Our reading scheme follows Pearson Phonics Bug and we also use Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales, Collins Big Cat Phonics and Dandelion Readers.

Detailed below is our long-term overview of what we cover in each year group and at each phonics phase:

  • Acorns (EYFS): teach and secure phase 1 and begin to teach phase 2   
  • Acorns (EYFS): secure phase 2, teach phases 3-4, and begin to teach phase 5
  • Oaks - Yr.1: secure phase 4 and teach phase 5 
  • Oaks - Yr.2: secure phase 5 and teach phase 6

Phonics - Tricky Words
- Phonics Phase 2 - Red              - Phonics Phase 3 - Yellow
- Phonics Phase 4 - Green           - Phonics Phase 5 - Blue


Recommended Reading Lists

- Book Trust Great Books Guide                  - CLPE Staff Reading Picks 2019
- Children's Literature in Translation              - Celebrate Kindness Booklist
- Superheroes Booklist                                - World War 1 Booklist
- Phonics Within A Rich Reading Curriculum    - Environment Booklist


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