Phonics & Reading



At Meadows we use a combination of reading schemes, such as: Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Fireflies, Project X books and Letters and Sounds. All the literature sent home is colour-banded in accordance with the particular level at which the children are working. The levels progress as follows: Pink, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White, Lime, Grey, Blue, Brown and Black.

These books offer an expansive range of fiction and non-fiction texts in order that the breadth of children’s reading may be developed further. Children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme we encourage them to become independent readers and choose their own books from classrooms, the school library and other libraries.

At Meadows, we want all of our children to become competent and confident readers. As part of school policy, we ask that you read with your children for at least 10 minutes per night. This small amount of time can have a big impact on your child’s learning!

Thank you for your support in such an important matter.

Reading Information Booklet For Parents.pdf

Guided Reading.pdf

What is Letters and Sounds.pdf

Letter and Sound_Games.pdf


Helping your child with Spellings

Spelling is taught throughout all year groups at Meadows.  In the Foundation Stage, children use 'Letters and Sounds' to help them blend words together.

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, spellings are sent out weekly and children are encouraged to practise for a test.  The next step is for them to recall  and use the words and spelling/sound patterns they have learnt in their everyday work.This doesn't always happen straight away.  All spellings are taken from the Literacy Framework Spelling Lists.

Praise your child for correct spellings and encourage them to think how to spell a word if they are writing at home. 

In Key stage 1 and Key stage 2, the words and spelling patterns are related to the work taught in the Letters and Sounds phonic sessions and can be topic based as well.  In addition to this they learn High Frequency words from the National Literacy Framework year group lists.

Spelling Related Websites

The following websites are useful in the teaching on spelling patterns: