Phonics & Reading

Phonics & Reading


At Springfield, we use the Pearson Bug Club phonics programme to teach synthetic phonics which has been DFE approved and is closely aligned to Letters and Sounds.

Phonics in EYFS

Phonics is explicitly taught whole class twice daily. The first session is called The Reading Hour which involves children reviewing, learning something new and applying to reading and writing. This hour also includes a guided read where children will work closely with their key worker to explore a text which matches their phonics learning. The second session is a review to embed children’s learning further. Children who require further support will be part of an intervention group which is closely monitored by or led by the class teacher so that continuous provision provides further opportunity to embed learning.

Phonics in KS1

Phonics is taught daily as part of The Reading Hour. This is taught whole class and children who require support will work in an intervention group. Guided Reading will run with children exploring books that match the phonics the children are learning to ensure a cohesive approach. In Year 1, opportunities to embed learning are made in continuous provision. In English lessons, teachers link lessons to phonics, ensuring that children are applying new learning to their reading writing.



Across school, each class runs The Reading Hour. In EYFS and KS1 children engage with their phonics lesson within this hour. In the Autumn term, year 3 will also complete phase 5 and 6 of Bug Club Phonics to ensure children have a firm foundation of phonics following COVID lockdowns.

The Reading Hour: EYFS & KS1

As explained above, children complete the Phonics lesson in accordance with the Pearson Bug Club Phonics programme. In addition to this, teachers will also run Guided Reading. Most classes will use a carousel approach with activities linked to reading taking place whilst an adult reads with a group. The books used for Guided Reading are from Bug Club and are broken down into phonic phases to ensure children are embedding sounds they have learnt. As part of this hour, teachers will also read a story or a class novel with the children. This is an engaging text that is slightly above the average reading age of the children in class.


Useful Dates

3:15 pm Y4, Y5 & Y6 Dodgeball Club
Y4, Y5 & Y6 Dodgeball Club
Feb 2 @ 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Y4, Y5 & Y6 Dodgeball Club
from Thursday 12 January and then every week until Thursday 09 February
3:15 pm Y4, Y5 & Y6 Football Practice
Y4, Y5 & Y6 Football Practice
Feb 3 @ 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Y4, Y5 & Y6 Football Practice
from Friday 13 January and then every week until Friday 03 February
3:15 pm Y6 Robinwood Residential Trip Me...
Y6 Robinwood Residential Trip Me...
Feb 3 @ 3:15 pm
Y6 Robinwood Residential Trip Meeting
in the Y6 classroom for all parents/carers regarding the upcoming residential trip, we look forward to seeing you there!
3:15 pm Y3 & Y4 Cricket Club
Y3 & Y4 Cricket Club
Feb 6 @ 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Y3 & Y4 Cricket Club
from Monday 16 January and then every week until Monday 06 February
all-day Spring Term Swimming
Spring Term Swimming
Feb 7 all-day
Spring Term Swimming
Year 4 will be swimming this term starting on Tuesday 03 January and every Tuesday thereafter until Tuesday 28 March
3:15 pm Choir Rehearsals
Choir Rehearsals
Feb 7 @ 3:15 pm – 3:55 pm
Choir Rehearsals
from Tuesday 13 September and then every week to the end of the academic year [excluding holidays]
3:15 pm Y1 & Y2 Mindfulness Club
Y1 & Y2 Mindfulness Club
Feb 7 @ 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Y1 & Y2 Mindfulness Club
from Tuesday 17 January and then every week until Tuesday 07 February


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