Fordham Primary School

Fordham Primary School

Phonics and Early Reading

We believe that teaching reading is fundamental to becoming lifelong learners. 

At Fordham, we follow the government validated scheme 'Supersonic Phonics Friends'. The programme is a fully systematic, synthetic phonic approach ranging from the simple to the complex spellings of the alphabetic code. Our approach to teaching phonics will ensure children develop confidence and apply each skill to their own reading and writing. 

Along their phonic journey, the children will meet different characters to help them with their learning. The scheme will be delivered through technology, active learning and phonic activities in Continuous Provision.  


Our reading books are closely linked to the phases of our phonics scheme. We use a range of different reading schemes. The books are split up into Firm Foundations, Basics 2 and 3, Choose to Use Spellings and Switch it, Spell It. These are then split up into groups within the phase. The children will usually be reading books from the group of sounds they have learnt recently in their phonics sessions so the books will be fully decodable. In Key Stage 1, the children choose their own reading books to take home. 

Click here to find out more in the Supersonic Phonic Friends website.

Parents workshop powerpoint

Click here to see a video of actions and sayings that we will be using. An example is on the video below:




Other Phonic resources: 

Mr.Thorne does phonics - Watch the video below to listen to how to pronounce each phonics sound:


Please see below for some phonic games and ideas to practice with your child

Reading with your child

Language, Literacy and Gender

Top Tips for Reading at Home

The Book Trust - Getting Children Reading

Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects

Reading together increases literacy skills and does so much more - it helps to build a strong and loving relationship with your child. And it's never too early to start reading with your child!  Below are some simple ideas to make reading fun at home.

Set aside some time

Find somewhere quiet without any distractions - turn off the TV/radio/computer.

Ask your child to choose a book

Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters and they are more likely to engage with the book.

Sit close together

Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.

Point to the pictures

If there are illustrations and relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.

Encourage your child to talk about the book

Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel.

And lastly and above all - make it fun!

It doesn't matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don't be afraid to use funny voices, children love this!