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Phonics and Reading


At The Royal Kent School we teach phonics using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme supported by the use of Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic actions and stories.

 As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from a range of different reading schemes, including 'Jelly and Bean,' 'Rigby Stars,' 'Big Cat' and 'Oxford Reading Tree.'

Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes and are designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.

All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.

Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library or from home.