Monteney Primary School

Part of Steel City Schools Partnership


Reading & Phonics at Monteney

At Monteney Primary School we believe that for all our children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics must be taught through a systematic and structured phonics programme.

We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to plan and provide daily engaging phonics lessons. In phonics, we teach children that the letters of the alphabet represent a different sound, that these can be used in a variety of combinations and are put together to make words. The children learn to recognise all of the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading or writing. Our phonics teaching starts in Nursery and follows a very specific sequence that allows our children to build on their previous phonic knowledge and master specific phonic strategies as they move through school. As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover. At Monteney we also model these strategies in shared reading and writing both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on the development of language skills for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.


To find out more, please visit our Phonics page.


Children from Y2 -Y6 are taught spelling through the No Nonsense Spelling guidance document. This outlines a framework for teaching spelling to each year group based on the 2014 National Curriculum. 
Approaches to Reading

Children are exposed to a range of reading activities through school. In Foundation Stage and Year One, children have regular opportunities to use phonic decoding as the primary approach to reading through 1:1 reading and phonic activities. Children are also exposed to reading comprehension sessions through shared reading, novel study and guided reading to allow them to demonstrate their understanding. In KS2, children are taught through novel study and guided reading sessions with a focus on giving children opportunities to practice and demonstrate their understanding and develop their reading skills.
Recommended Reads
To support the children in developing a Love of Reading we have identified a set of Recommended Reads for each year group. These are shown below. 

Resources for Home

 Alphabet Mat.pdfDownload
 Phase 5 word mat including tricky words.pdfDownload
 Sound Mats for ph2 and ph3 including tricky words.pdfDownload
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 Reading and phonics Intent, Implementation, Impact.pdfDownload
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