Monteney Primary School

Part of Steel City Schools Partnership


Reading & Phonics


Reading and Phonics at Monteney
At Monteney Primary we follow the Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

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.