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Phonics and reading

Reading is fundamental.

At Killisick Junior School, we ensure Early Reading is prioritised throughout our curriculum to ensure the children become confident and fluent readers. 


To ensure that a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading is implemented we hold high aspirations and ambitions for all children. We ensure this is prioritised by putting reading at the forefront of making every day count to unlock and prevent barriers to learning throughout the curriculum.


We do this by:

  • Ensuring daily opportunities to practice reading are built into our curriculum.
  • Prioritising 1:1 daily reading for ‘spotlight’ and ‘vulnerable’ readers.
  • Applying a consistent and rigiorous approach.
  • Provide children with reading books that match their decodable knowledge, ensuring they can be successful readers.
  • Working in partnership with parents to provide knowledge and support on how to help at home.


We follow a DfE validated scheme known as 'No-Nonsense Phonics'.


The programme provides a comprehensive step-by-step approach for teaching reading, handwriting, and spelling. The scheme is systematic and is taught through a series of carefully designed phonics routines to master the complex English Alphabetic Code, whilst providing the children with rich vocabulary and extensive opportunities for language comprehension.


Staff are trained in the delivery of the programme with on-going CPL to ensure the children receive high-quality Phonics teaching. 


Alongside the quality teaching and learning, staff ensure that parents are provided with further information on the programme and how this can supported at home through resources, and online content shared via the Class Dojo.