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Irlam Primary School


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  2. Reading and Phonics at Irlam Primary School

What does Phonics and Reading look like at Irlam Primary School?

Phonics at Irlam Primary School

Since 2021, the teaching of Phonics has been under review throughout the country.

This year at Irlam Primary School, phonics has been taught discretely using a systematic approach, adapted from the Letters and Sounds guidance.

From September 2022, we will be using the Twinkl Phonics Scheme to support the teaching of Phonics at Irlam Primary School.  This will ensure that there is a consistent approach to teaching phonics ensuring better outcomes for the children.

Useful Documents

 EYFS Help your child with phonics.pdfDownload
 EYFS Reading with your child.pdfDownload
 Parents Help with Phonics.pdfDownload
 Phase 1 Alphabet Mat.pdfDownload
 Phase 2 Sound Mat.pdfDownload
 Phase 3 Sound Mat.pdfDownload
 Phase 4 Sound Mats.pdfDownload
 Phase 5 Sound Mat.pdfDownload
 Phonics Glossary.pdfDownload
 Questions for reading with your child.pdfDownload
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Developing your child's reading fluency and comprehension - what happens beyond phonics?

Useful Documents

 Reading Progression EYFS - Year 6.docxDownload
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Reading Scheme and how you can help your child

At Irlam Primary School, teaching children the necessary skills to read and understand texts is of the utmost importance.

As your child progresses through the phonics phases, they will be allocated a decodable book in line with the sounds they have been taught. Alongside their decodable book, your child will bring home a ‘Book Bag Book’. This book is for you to share with your child to ignite a love of reading and develop their comprehension skills.

Once your child completes Phase 5 Phonics, they will no longer have a decodable reading book, but will have a Book Banded book to develop their fluency and comprehension skills. Please see the documents below for a handy guide to book banding.

As part of our reading scheme, the children have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. These include 

New Way

Oxford Reading Tree

Jolly Phonics

Rising Stars




Useful Documents

 Book Band Poster.pdfDownload
 Questions for reading with your child.pdfDownload
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