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Reading and Phonics


Within school the reading schemes we use include: Project X, Oxford Reading Tree, Bug Club and Accelerated Reader. 

Access to reading at home:

Oxford Owl for Reception and Key Stage One

MyOn Online Reading Library for Key Stage Two

All children are encouraged to join Kirklees online library where they can use the MEET LIBBY App to access

E-Library | Kirklees Council


Phonics aims to build children's speaking and listening skills and prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge. 
At Woodside Green we use the Share Mat Phonics Progression which is a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics from day one. 
Phonics teaching is complimented with regular reading practice and the children's reading books are matched to their phonics phase. 

Daily phonics lessons follow a ten-step approach and include: 

Recap of previous sounds

Recap of previous words

Verbally introduce new sound

Verbal blending

Show grapheme and formation of new sound

Reading words with new sound

Reading words with partner

Spelling words with sound

Access to Phonics at home: has some free games that help children practise Phases 2, 3, 4 and 5, which they learn at school throughout Year 1. There is also a Phase 6 section which is covered in Year 2. Picnic on Pluto and Buried Treasure are excellent games but there are many more. The games allow your child to use their phoneme knowledge and not just guess the word. Also in each Phase there are games on sentence substitution and these help your child with reading the words and creating sentences that make sense. The website has a section for Parents which you may find very useful.

Poop Deck Pirates again focuses on Phases 3, 4 and 5. This game will help your child read real and non-words.

Phonics is so important because it helps your child understand how words are put together. This in turn helps to improve their reading, spelling and writing.

If you have any questions about reading or phonics please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher.