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Hednesford Nursery School

Reading & Phonics Information 


Daily reading opportunities are planned within continuous provision using the cornerstones curriculum planning and class routines include discrete time for reading and phonics sessions daily for a length of time appropriate to that child.


· To provide pupils with a clear understanding of how the alphabet works for reading and spelling;

· To enable our pupils to become fluent and confident readers with a strong phonological awareness.

· To develop pupils’ sight vocabulary to aid fluent reading.

· To provide opportunities for repetition and consolidation.

· To develop a love of reading. 


Nursery (Phase 1): 

Pupils will be taught to:

• Develop speaking and listening skills;

• Developing language and vocabulary;

• Explore environmental sounds, instrumental sound, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds, oral blending and segmenting;

• Sing songs and related actions.

• Develop curiosity about letters and sounds.

We teach phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds.’ 

A copy of which can be downloaded below:


Letters and Sounds Guidance


All classes receive daily phonics input starting with phase 1 and differentiated to their ability

Each phonics session will follow the same structure.

  1. Revisit/Recap
  2. Teach
  3. Practise
  4. Apply
  5. Assess