North Farnborough

Infant School

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Phonics and Reading



Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.

We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.


At North Farnborough Infant School children are taught to apply their phonic knowledge and key word recognition though whole class and group guided reading sessions. They are given the opportunity to practise their reading through our home school reading books. These incorporate a range of recommended reading schemes, such as Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat Collins, Jelly and Bean and many others. The books are colour banded together according to the different stages of reading.



We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.


The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.  These are words that cannot be 'sounded out' using phonic knowledge.  The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know.