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Reading and Phonics


At Barnwell Academy we believe that reading is a skill which is taught through planned, systematic phonic lessons which lead to the enjoyment of books, the appreciation of different genres and the ability to access information independently. 

 Our aims:

  • To develop phonetic skills which lead to blending and reading fluently.

  • To promote confidence and positive attitudes to reading.

  • To equip pupils with the necessary comprehension skills required to develop an understanding of the texts they read.

  • To provide pupils with a wide range of different text genres and widen their understanding, knowledge and skills in reading.

  • To develop good home/school links that actively promotes reading.


Phonics in the Curriculum

At Barnwell Academy phonics is taught from Nursery to Year 2 using the Letters and Sounds programme. Jolly Phonic resources are used to teach each letter sound with a kinesthetic approach to learning.

In the Nursery Phase 1 of the phonics programme is taught throughout the curriculum focusing on exploring and investigating different sound including environmental sounds. This progresses to listening for letter sounds in words. From Reception to Year 2 discrete phonic sessions are taught daily. These sessions teach Phases 2 to 6 of the Letters and sounds programme. Pupils learn the alphabetical code and also how to blend and segment sounds to read and spell words.




At Barnwell Academy reading is embedded into all aspects of the curriculum. During discrete reading lessons from Reception to Year 2 Pearson Bug Club reading scheme is used to teach reading as it systematically develops core decoding skills and closely matches reading to to phonic knowledge. As children become fluent in reading Pearson Bug Club is enhanced through a wider range of texts including Pearson Storyworld and Oxford Reading Tree as well as other genres such as First News, the newspaper for young readers.


Teaching and Learning

Phonics and reading is taught in a variety of ways depending on the age and ability of each pupil. High quality modelling of blending and segmenting words is an initial first strategy to decoding. Interactive resources and games are used and children are given the opportunity to rehearse sounds verbally and record them in written work. Phonics sessions are structured to build on previous learning and introduce new phonics skills and subject knowledge. Sessions follow the revisit/review, teach, practise and apply model. Sessions are planned to include opportunities for development of speaking and listening, reading and writing. 


School Library

The school library is available for all children from Reception to Year 6. In Reception and Year 1 the children will choose a book from a library selection within their classroom and bring it home to read and share. From Year 2 to Year 6 the children are encouraged to use the school library located in our main corridor. Each child may select a book and return it weekly (or sooner!). Our school librarians from Year 6 will support the children with their selection. Our library days are:

Year 2: Monday

Year 3: Tuesday

Year 4: Wednesday

Year 5: Thursday 

Year 6: Friday


To view the Letters and Sounds document click here.

Reading at Home

 As part of school homework we encourage children to read at home every day for a minimum of 10 minutes. Regular practice will increase your child's ability to read fluently and read for pleasure.

Your child will be receive reading books every week and also a home/school diary to enable parents to share their child's reading achievements.

Our reading scheme books from Pearson Bug Club can also be accessed online. Your child will receive login details from school. the e books can be accessed on a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or PC.

Bug Club Levels can be found here.

Troubleshooting advice can be found here.

Login to Bug Club online to access all reading books- Click here