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Phonics and Reading at Saltergate School


At Saltergate School we have high expectations of all children and the aim of our phonics teaching is to make sure they have a firm foundation on which to build reading skills.

Phonics is taught systematically every day in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes. In Key Stage 2, the approach is carried on in spelling sessions and also in intervention programmes for children who need extra support.

High-quality phonics teaching helps children develop their reading, writing, spelling and general communication skills. It helps secure the crucial skills of word recognition that enable children to read fluently, allowing them to concentrate on the meaning of the text. Activities are designed to teach word decoding and recognition skills as well as comprehension skills.


Beginner readers are taught

  • Grapheme-phoneme correspondences in clear stages (linking spellings and sounds).
  • The important skill of blending (synthesising) phonemes.
  • Segmenting words into their constituent phonemes to aid reading and spelling.


The teaching of phonics is systematic, this means that it follows a carefully structured programme building on previous learning to secure children´s progress. It is taught discretely and daily at a brisk pace. There are opportunities to apply phonic knowledge and skills across the curriculum and in activities such as whole class and guided reading, as well as reading independently. The children´s progress in developing and applying their phonic knowledge is carefully assessed and monitored.

We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds approach which has been validated. We also use Jolly Phonics in the Early Years to support letter recognition.

We use a wide range of reading books in our school which are phonically decodable in EYFS and KS1 .We use a variety of parallel schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Bug Club, Project X and Rigby Star which all support specific aspects of reading. We encourage parents to read at least three times per week with their children and have a reading challenge system whereby children are awarded reading stars and rewards for regular reading at home.


Celebrating Reading

Reading plays a very important part in the life of the school, and is a high priority for all children. We celebrate World Book Day every year and the children celebrate a love of reading through dressing up as their favourite book characters and taking part in a wide variety of reading based activities. 


Year One and Year Two objectives.

In Key Stage One the children have been doing some wonderful creative writing about Winter making marvellous poems that describe Winter.



Take a look at some of our wonderful writing.



In Year one the children have been learning about traditional fairy tales and how to retell a story using story maps.


Take a look at some of the work produced from Sapphire Class on the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'.



                       Some of the story maps created by some of the children from Sapphire Class.


To check out the matching videos to these story maps click on the link below.

The KS1 trip to The Rainbow Factory


On our trip to The Rainbow Factory in Leeds we learnt all about using drama to tell stories. We helped the storyteller to save the fairy tales and visited The Magic Forest to save Cinderella from the Fairy Tale Villians. We had lots of fun and learnt lots of new things.


Helping the storyteller to save the Fairy Tales.




Using Drama to help tell a story.



Helping Cinderella in The Magic Forest.


Using a written activity to help the children tell a story.



Learning how to draw a cartoon character.


How can we tell if a story is a Fairy Tale?


  It should always start with...'Once upon a time'.



   and end with...'and they lived happily ever after'.


Take a look at some of our fabulous pictures from The Rainbow Factory.