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Phonics and Reading


Phonics is taught throughout the school from Reception to Year 5, both as whole class teaching and intervention groups.  This is the method used to teach children to read by linking sounds (phonemes) and the symbols that represent them (letters and groups of letters, known as graphemes).


At Bengeworth, children are taught phonics using Letters and Sounds, a phonics scheme published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007.  This 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.

Elements of Read, Write Inc. Phonics are also used to support teaching and learning, particularly in Reception and Year 1.



In order to provide a wide range of text types for our chlldren, the school uses a number of reading schemes from different publishers.  These texts have been colour coded using the 'book band' system which grades books by difficulty into bands of different colours.   This enables children to explore texts at an appropriate level and includes text types such as stories, traditional tales, non-fiction and information books, poems, playscripts and autobiographies, to name but a few.  As children progress with their reading during their time at Bengeworth, they will move from coloured band to coloured band until their reading skills enable them to access carefully chosen free-readers.

The following reading schemes are used:

  • Oxford Reading Tree, including Floppy's Phonics, Songbirds Phonics and Treetops
  • Big Cat Phonics
  • Rigby Star Rocket
  • Project X
  • Ginn Supersonics
  • Ginn 360
  • Ginn Pocket Series