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Reading and Phonics in Foundation

Reading in Foundation

In foundation the children are taught phonics using 'Letters and Sounds' which is based around Synthetic Phonics in which children are first taught Phase 1 in F1 this promotes listening skills and sound discrimination to allow children to focus in and describe specific sounds in the environment and in words.

Phase 1 is split in to 7aspects:

  1. Environmental Sounds
  2. Instrumental Sounds
  3. Body Percussion
  4. Rhythm and Rhyme
  5. Alliteration
  6. Voice Sounds
  7. Oral Blending and Segmenting


When children are secure with their listening skills they move on to Phase 2, 3, 4; this promotes the learning of letter sounds and letter shapes and this gives children the opportunity to spell words by sounding out their phonemes. As well as learning those tricky words that we can't sound out e.g. the, to, going.


Reading in Foundation

In foundation we use a range of early reading books in order to expose the children to different characters. Children are read with every week and we ask that parents aim to read at home every school day. Story reading is supplemented with shared reading using our class reading book. We practice our reading in a group and use skills such as inference and context.

Reading Dens

We have developed Reading Den areas in Foundation so children can enjoy exploring and sharing a range of exciting and favourite books. In Foundation 1 they are encouraged to choose a story from the box to share at home.