Reading and Phonics

Reading at Firs 


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss


At Firs , we recognise that reading is a key building block for learning and we aim to equip each and every pupil with the skills they need. This will allow them to enjoy reading for knowledge, as well as pleasure and enjoyment and to understand how to write with a sense of purpose and audience.

We are very excited about our new and improved library. It is full of books which have been hand-picked to match our curriculum and engage pupils at all reading levels. In our library you will also find comfy seating for groups and classes, a listening station for audio-books, collections of books by our favourite authors and copies of ‘First News’ – the newspaper specifically for children.  Classes have timetabled sessions in the library and lunchtime reading and homework clubs take place as well.

In Early Reading, we follow the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme and Read, Write Inc. We send home books that are carefully matched to the sounds the children are learning within their phonics lessons.

At Firs, we also take the ‘2 book approach,’ to reading. This means the children take home at least one phonetically decodable reading book carefully matched to the sounds they are learning and a library book they have chosen for everyone at home to enjoy.

In Key Stage 2 we use a mixture of Oxford Reading Tree, Project X Alien Adventures, Read Write Inc and colour banded ‘real books’. This provides a varied range of books which not only matches children’s abilities, but interests and engages them in their reading.

We also recognise that reading fluency can present a tricky barrier for those children who are learning English for the first time. We have an intervention programme within school that helps further support children with reading fluency. You can help at home by reading daily with your child.

Phonics at Firs 


Children throughout the school are taught phonics through the Read Write Inc programme – please click here to find out more


Phonics Screening


At the end of June, Year 1 children do the Phonics Screening Check. This is a short, light touch assessment which consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words that a pupil reads aloud to the teacher. It is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard and to help identify children who need extras support.  If children do not reach the expected standard, they then redo the check in Year 2.


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Firs Primary School
Raven Street
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782

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