Forestdale Primary School

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Reading and Phonics

Reading and phonics 



At Forestdale Primary School early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend each sound within each word for reading and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. Children are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.


The school follows the government published programme 'Letters and Sounds'.



Reading Schemes

At Forestdale Primary School all our early reading books are colour banded. Your child will be given a colour band to choose their home reading book from, which will help to ensure that the book they select is at the right reading level for them. Every colour band includes books from a range of reading schemes so that they will experience a wide range of stories, text types and illustrations. The majority of books within the early book bands can be decoded using phonic skills and knowledge. A range of published schemes are used including Story World, Lighthouse, Oxford Reading Tree, All Aboard and Project X.



Reading for pleasure

At Forestdale Primary School we encourage pupils to develop a love of reading and encourage them to borrow books from our school collection to enjoy with their families. Pupils also have the opportunity to visit our school library at least once a week. Here they have the opportunity to borrow a book and learn library skills. Our school librarian is on hand to guide and advise pupils and is also very happy to speak to parents who want to support their child in widening their reading habits.



Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
  • Healthy Schools
  • Health for Life
  • Artsmark Award
  • EEF
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Music Mark