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Approach to Reading

At Atlas primary school we teach children to read using synthetic phonics. We use the Pearson “Bug-Club” as our reading scheme.

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You can help your child by making sure they bring their book bag into school every day and listen to them read at home. If you require any support with this then please ask your child’s class teacher.



In Nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 2 children are taught phonics in a daily 20-30 minute session. The letters and sounds document is used, see below for a more detailed plan.

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Phase Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Nursery/Reception)
Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks
Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks
The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks
No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segent longer words with adjacet consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

Phase Five (Throughout Year 1)
Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond)
Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.


1 to 1 Reading

Lesley Mathews, a volunteer reading helper, comes in weekly to help children from Year 3 with their reading 1 to 1.

My name is Lesley Mathews. When I retired I was recruited by Beanstalk which is a charity that recruits and trains volunteers to go into schools to help children with their reading.

I have been coming to Atlas Community Primary School for the last seven years, and in that time I have worked with more than 21 pupils from Year 3.

I find all the children polite, helpful and happy. My work is amply rewarded by the positive attitude of the staff and the fact that the other pupils in class clamour to work with me should one of the children whom I regularly work with be absent! But the biggest reward is seeing the progress over the year of the children with whom I work.

I look forward to my next five years volunteering at Atlas School.