Barlborough Primary School

Barlborough Primary School

Aiming Higher - Together

High Street, Barlborough, S43 4ET

01246 810381

Phonics and early reading

Phonics and early reading

Statement of Intent

At Barlborough Primary School we use the Twinkl Phonics scheme.
Phonics is an inclusive literacy session for all children learning to read in Reception to KS1. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to blend them to read and spell. The adapted letters and sounds scheme includes both a reading and a writing focus. Reading is the key that unlocks the whole curriculum so the ability to efficiently decode is essential. The sessions are expected to occur each day in reception and Monday – Thursday for key stage one, as the continuity and pace of the lessons is key to accelerating the progress of children’s reading development. Children that need this done at a slower pace often are part of a smaller group to ensure success.

We ensure children in Reception and KS1 are given the best opportunity to achieve expected progress, or more, in reading. We teach children to: - decode texts so all their resources can be used to comprehend what they read – improve spelling so that all their resources can be directed towards composing their writing. 

We endeavour to inspire all children to be independent, resilient and motivated in their learning, taking pride in all they do. We teach all children to be reflective practitioners who are able to handle difficulty and change with a growth mind-set as they gain knowledge. Children are expected to use editing skills to improve their phonics and we positively encourage children to ‘aim higher together!’


During their time at Barlborough Primary School all pupils need to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills across all curriculum areas.  To ensure that learning is targeted at the appropriate challenge level, progression grids are used.
Please find the phonics progression grid below.

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