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Phonics & Reading Schemes


  • Letters and Sounds supported by Jolly Phonics

Reading Schemes

  • Rigby Reading Scheme - Stars & Rockets

  • Accelerated Reader

How we teach Reading and Phonics at Broadhempston

In phonics we follow Letters and Sounds which contains 6 phases- phase 1 through to phase 6. In our daily phonics lessons, we learns a new sound each day and practice segmenting and blending our words to help us read and write. Alongside this, we teach children the actions to their sounds to help them remember more easily.


Blending - for reading

To learn to read well children must be able to blend sounds smoothly together. E.g. they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat.

Segmenting - for spelling

Segmenting is a skill used in spelling. In order to spell the word cat, it is necessary to segment the word into its constituent sounds: c-a-t. Children often understand segmenting as ‘chopping’ a word.


Encourage children to blend and segment at home to develop their reading and spelling. As we all know, the English language can be very tricky and we have some tricky words that we can not sound out when reading or writing. These are called Tricky Words. We have to learn our tricky words by making a visual picture in our heads of what it looks like. We like to put our Tricky Words in spellings so children can practice these words really well. We also have a Tricky Word wall in Class 1 to support children in learning these.


At the start of a child's school life reading and phonics are taught alongside each other. In reading the children have picture only books so that they can develop an understanding of telling stories.


When the children are confident at retelling stories they are introduced to books with words (scheme books). This enables the children to use the phonics they have learnt, to help them read. As a child's ability to read increases so does the level of book they read. At the same time the children are taught to expand their knowledge of different phonic spellings and word recognition.

To help the above processes there is an expectation that parents will read every night with their child and go through sounds and words that need to be learnt.


Once a child is able to read past al the books within The Rigby Star Readers Scheme, they take part in the Accelerated Reader Scheme. This scheme allows the child to develop at their own pace by reading levelled books that they then are tested on to attain a child's level of comprehension in reading. The children enjoy this scheme as they watch their sunflowers grow to try and reach their targets each term.


At all times throughout their school life at Broadhempston, children take part in guided reading sessions with a teacher. This enables the child to be taught the many facets of reading. At the beginning, when starting to read this is daily, as they progress and become confident readers this is weekly. Children are also encouraged, from the beginning of their school life, to frequently take home a book from the class library to share and enjoy with their parents.