King's Ford Infant School And Nursery

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Reading at King’s Ford Infant School and Nursery

We believe that all children have the fundamental right to a broad and balanced curriculum that provides a range of opportunities for pupils to learn. We all recognise that learning to read is a crucial part of children’s skills development and one which will support all future learning. Below is an outline of how we approach Reading at King’s Ford Infant School and Nursery.



The teaching of Phonics is an integral part of the curriculum in our school. We follow the phonics programme, ‘Letters and Sounds’, where children are taught the 44 phonemes that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling.  These phonemes include those made by just one letter and those that are made by two or more.  As the children grow in confidence and experience, they are introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound, eg ‘ee’ can be represented as ‘ee’, ‘ea’, ‘e-e’, ‘e’

The teaching of phonics is of high priority to all teachers as it enables pupils to decode for reading and encode for spelling. We ensure that our teaching of phonics is rigorous, structured and enjoyable.  Children have discrete, daily phonics sessions where they are introduced to new phonemes, can practise and revise previous learning and have plenty of opportunities to apply the knowledge they have.


We use a range of multisensory strategies to enthuse and engage the children, including the use of interactive whiteboards, magnetic letters, speaking and listening, songs, rhymes and practical activities.  Children work with pace and are encouraged to apply their knowledge across the curriculum with any reading or writing activities.


Alongside the teaching of Phonics, children have access to a language rich environment where they are able to apply their decoding skills and develop language comprehension in order to ‘read’.

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Sight Vocabulary

Alongside our phonics we teach children the first the common exception words as highlighted in the National Curriculum. Our pupils have a copy of these taught words displayed inside their reading contact books. Teachers will highlight which words the children need to practise at home by writing the focus words in the box provided.

Pupils are given opportunities to apply what they have learnt through reading, including time to read aloud to adults to practise their decoding skills and comprehension of what they are reading.


Regular Reading

We value hearing children read, individually and in small groups. We have an expanding group of volunteers made up of parent helpers and other members of the community to help support us in this area.

We actively encourage parents to take part in supporting their child’s reading and our reading contact books allow both teachers and parents to comment on their child’s progress.

We actively encourage parents to take part in supporting their child’s reading and our reading contact books allow both teachers and parents to comment on their child’s progress.

To encourage reading for pleasure, all Key Stage 1 children visit our well resourced school library once a week. Our library area is themed to motivate our pupils to read and introduce a range of authors to them.

The Nursery children are encouraged to take books home to enjoy with their parents/carers from the classroom. Parents are also invited to ‘Take a look Tuesdays’ where there is the opportunity to share a book and immerse yourself in the communication and language activities around reading.


We have a book band system operating in the school for our guided reading and individual reading activities. The children progress through these book bands at their own individual rate. The children are free to choose books from within their designated band colour to take home to read.

Within each band we have a growing selection of books to appeal to most children. We frequently purchase new books to inspire our young readers. Teachers undertake reading assessments half termly, this is a combination of assessing the children’s phonic knowledge, sight vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Below is an outline of our school book banding system. Please talk to your child’s class teacher if you would like any further information.