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Phonics & Reading


Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. At Bhylls Acre, children are taught phonics using Read Write Inc. (RWI) Children learn the sounds in class and are given books which are carefully matched to the sounds they are learning. This helps build confidence and develops their reading, writing and comprehension skills.


As a parent, you can play an important role in helping your child learn to read. Research shows that children who are helped at home make better progress in school. Reading with your child can be fun and very rewarding. It also shows that you value their efforts. If children enjoy reading, it will benefit their whole education. They are also more likely to carry on reading as adults. 


Visit the RWI site for tips on children learning to read at home:


At Bhylls Acre, we aim to raise standards of attainment for all pupils in reading, by providing high quality word reading and reading comprehension teaching and learning opportunities. We want to instil our children with a love of reading that lasts for their lifetime, share with them an enthusiasm for children’s literature and help them recognise the value of reading as a life skill. 


We will encourage children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers by introducing them to good quality books, from a variety of cultures and in a range of different styles and formats and to develop their understanding of a variety of text types including non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama. In order to develop children’s confidence, fluency, and independence when reading for different purposes, we will encourage them to reflect on and have an interest in what they have read and the language and punctuation choices made by the author. 


Our reading books are graded by difficulty by reading levels known as Book Bands. Each Book Band has its own colour. The chart below gives an indication of the range of Book Band levels at which most children will be reading as they progress through primary school. The chart shows the progress of an ‘average’ band of children- but no individual child is ‘average’, so no child makes smooth progress precisely in this way. 


Bhylls Acre Reading Guide
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