Every Child Achieves

Every Child Achieves

Reading and Phonics


The intention of our approach to phonics is to:

  • ensure children are absorbed and enthusiastic when it comes to reading
  • promote a love for reading
  • aim for children to leave KS1 as fluent readers
  • develop independent readers


At Keeble, phonics is implemented through the Letters and Sounds programme in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

We ensure the teaching of phonics is practical so the children are absorbed and enthusiastic with their learning. The lessons are always taught at a fast pace to ensure children are highly engaged for the sessions. We engage parents with phonics by hosting workshops in the autumn and spring terms, which supports the children when completing personalised phonic activities at home.

At Keeble, we do not have the children working in ability groups, gaps are addressed through 5-minute boxes from the start of the year in order to bring everyone up to speed early in the year.

The children then move through the phase groups as one group together so all children ‘Keep Up’ with their peers. Children with significant SEND focus on word recognition linked to appropriate writing focus' for that sequence of learning. 

We measure the impact of our phonics approach through half termly phonic assessments. This helps the teachers identify gaps which then inform 5 minute boxes within class. Senior Leaders in school complete phonic learning walks termly which show outstanding teaching of phonics. 





The intention of our approach to Reading is to:

  • ensure children are absorbed and enthusiastic when it comes to reading
  • promote a love for reading
  • expand pupils' vocabulary and deepen their understanding of the texts they are reading
  • ensure children retrieve information, interpret meaning and comment on the author's choice of vocabulary or style
  • check pupils' understanding of previous extracts as well as the current text in order to enhance their memory. 


At Keeble, reading is implemented every day across EYFS, and this will be continued into KS1 and KS2. Story telling and reading books allows for teachers to model excitement for reading to the children, this gives the children opportunity to understand what is being read as well listen to excellent use of expression and intonation.  Adults will consistently model language and vocabulary from books and stories, seeking to introduce new and challenging vocabulary.  We will not shy away from words deemed ‘too tricky’. 

Stories and books, as well as opportunities to blend simple words, will be evident in all areas of the classroom to support play-based learning. There are high quality texts in our cosy reading areas to inspire a love of books and provide the opportunity for children to tell stories and read individually, in pairs and in small groups.

All children will be read with by an adult at least twice a week, which will be recorded in reading records.  This approach ensures children are reading regularly to staff throughout the week. With this strong focus on reading from an early age, children feel at ease with books and this ensures that they are fully prepared for their phonics, KS1 and KS2 SATS tests or equivalents.

The impact of our approach to Reading is that all our children are given the opportunity to access ‘above pay grade texts’, giving them chance to feel challenged and make outstanding progress. We focus on children having FLUENCY, CONFIDENCE AND ENJOYMENT of reading in the EYFS.

Our approach to Phonics and Reading at Keeble