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Phonics across school

Cross curricular reading starts in Early Years!

Phonics and Reading at Bowness-on-Solway

Phonics is about the relationship between letters and sounds in a language so learning phonics helps children to read and spell.  If written language is like a code, knowing the sounds of letters and letter combinations will help your child decode words as they read and will help them know the right letters to use when they are writing.  At Bowness-on-Solway, we use Letters and Sounds with some adaptations in line with the new National Curriculum.


Of course phonics instruction is only one part of a complete reading program for beginning readers. Effective beginning reading programs also emphasise reading fluency, vocabulary development and text comprehension - there is no point in reading if we don't understand what we are reading!  With this in mind, our reading scheme includes books and resources from a range of sources including the Oxford Reading Tree, Jelly and Bean and Big Cat Phonics as well as our new main scheme, the phonically plausible Bug Club This is in order to offer a variety of reading experiences including opportunities for prediction and sight vocabulary as well as 'decoding' practice using phonic skills.  Our books are colour coded to ensure progression with new books incorporated carefully to maximise progression.