Clarksfield Primary School

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Angela Sweeting (Executive Principal)

Grasmere Road, Oldham, Lancashire OL4 1NG

Reading Scheme

We base our reading scheme in EYFS and KS1 on Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club, but use other texts to challenge more able readers. This enables us to consolidate learning and develop as wide a reading vocabulary as possible.

Each class has its own reading corner with books fom a variety of authors and genres and there is also a main library.

Children take reading books home in order to practise their reading skills and to share their learning with parents. Children are also encouraged to take part in library sessions to encorage reading for pleasure and give them the opportunity to hear modelled reading and opportunities to 'magpie' vocabulary. During library sessions, children complete book reviews and presentations about the books that they hve read.

In KS1 and KS2, reading sessions are taught through a quality text which is matched to their curriculum topic to enable children to focus on their development and understanding of language, in particular subjct specific vocabulary which in turn feeds into their writing.



At the end of Year 1, every child is expected to take a Phonics Screening Check which is designed to cnfirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will also identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills. 

In EYFS and KS1, we use a Government produed scheme called Letters and Sounds to plan phonics. Letters and Sounds is broken down into 6 phases which are worked through from nursery to the end of year 2, unless children require additional phonics support in KS2.


Phase 1  
Showing an awareness of rhyme and alliteration. Distinguishing between sounds in the environment and phonemes. Exploring and experimenting with sounds and words. Discriminating speech sounds in words. Beginning to orally blend and segment phonemes.


Phase 2

Blending for reading and segmenting for spelling simple cvc words.

Letter sets

Set 1 - s, a, t, p,

Set 2 - l, n, m, d,

Set 3 - g, o, c, k,

Set 4 - ck, e, u, r,

Set 5 - h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss,


Phase 3

Knowing one grapheme for each of the 43 phonemes.


Letter sets:

Set 6 - j, v, w, x

Set 7 - y, z, zz, qu



ear, air, ure, er, ar, or, ur, ow, oi,

ai, ee, igh, oa, oo

Consonant digraphs:

ch, sh, th, ng.


Phase 4

This is a consolidation unit. There are no new graphemes to learn but the children learn how read longer words such as stamp, plug, flag, twig.

Phase 5


ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e.


Alternative pronunciations  for:

i, o, c, g, u, ow, ie, ea, er, a, y, ch, ou

Phase 6 

At this stage children should be able to spell words phonemically although not always correctly. The main aim of this phase is to help children become more fluent readers and more accurate spellers.