Fordham Primary School

Fordham Primary School

Phonics and Early Reading

We believe that teaching reading is fundamental to becoming lifelong learners.  At our school we follow the nationally recognised scheme 'Letters and Sounds'.  This is used as the basis of our daily synthetic phonic lessons in Early Years and KS1.We believe that phonic skills need to be developed in a systematic way, based on a stage approach. The programme focuses on securing word recognition skills, essential for children to decode (read) and encode (spell) words accurately.

High quality texts are important for children to access freely.  We have a school wide approach called ERIC which stands for everyone reads in class; at the end of each school day is a dedicated time to share a text.

Children who are early readers access a host of high quality texts as well as looking at the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. 

- Fordham Phonics Presentation

- Fordham Phonics Booklet for Parents

- Please refer to our Phonics Policy for further information. 

Click here to find a useful guide for parents who wish to find out more about phonics, how it is taught in classrooms and how you can best help your child at home.

Letters and Sounds: Information about our phonics programme

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!