Phonics and Reading

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At Beechwood, children learn to read and write through phonics. All of our pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2  have a daily "Letters and Sounds" lesson. The children are grouped according to their learning needs and sessions are planned to meet these needs. 'Jolly Phonics' songs and actions are used to learn new phonemes and we teach handwriting outside of the phonics session.

If you would like to learn more about how we teach phonics, please speak to your class teacher who will be happy to share some more information with you.

We use some of these websites with the children. Why not take a look and play along at home?





Pupils in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 investigate spelling patterns and rules in addition to their daily English lessons.


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In Reception and Year One, children take home a reading book that matches their phonics phase of letters and sounds. This ensures that children are able to decode independently and read these books fluently. The children in KS1 also take home a reading for pleasure book that is for sharing and enjoying. This allows each child to experience a variety of reading books on their journey to developing a love of reading. Children are encouraged to change their own reading books from a given selection to foster a love of reading and to develop their own tastes in books and genres.

From Year Two to Year Six, the children use a reading programme called Accelerated Reader (AR). Each child undertakes a STAR reader assessment which gives them a ZPD score. They can then choose books within their ZPD range to take home and read. After reading each book, there is a AR quiz to complete, with questions from the book. This programme is designed to motivate and encourage children to read more and also gives teachers feedback on their reading so that targets can be set. 

We encourage all parents to get involved in their child's reading and ask that children are read with at least three times a week. 

Contact the School

Beechwood Primary School

Mrs. S. Harper - Headteacher
Meredith Street

Main Contact: Miss Taylor

Tel: 01270 214490
Fax: 01270 251529

SEN Contact: Miss Geary

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