Reading and Phonics


At Beckwithshaw School we teach 'Synthetic Phonics' using the Letters and Sounds programme. The children are introduced to this in Reception in Class One and progress through the phases during Key Stage 1. They learn how to read and spell words using their phonic knowledge. We use a wide range of teaching techniques and resources in our daily phonics sessions.  In addition to the Letters and Sounds programme we also use 'Jolly Phonics' and 'Rigby Star'.

Key Words

We also encourage pupils to learn words 'by sight'. These words are the common words that are not easy to build up using phonic methods (the tricky words!) and need to be practised until they are instantly recognisable.

Reading Books

Initially, our children are introduced to books which are based around the different letter sounds. Children then progress onto our main reading scheme, which is made up of  'Big Cat'  'Rigby Star' and 'Oxford Reading Tree'. We also have a wide variety of both fiction and non fiction reading books to enable children to develop reading skills and broaden their experience of different texts. 

Library Books

Our children also have access to our library which has a wide range of different texts. The children visit the library each week and are encouraged to choose a book of their choice. They may take the book home to share with parents and can change their book on their next visit to the library.