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Phonics and Early Reading at Hollinhey


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We stream children for phonics according to which stage of phonic development the children are at. Children are taught in ability groups dependent on their needs, in groups led by teachers and classroom assistants. Phonics is taught daily at a dedicated time for both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, following 'Read Write Inc' scheme. Lessons consist of activities which teaches the children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

Set 1 

To begin with we learn a sound a day. We use pure sounds so that your son/daughter will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily. Letter-sound pictures are used to help your son/daughter learn these sounds quickly. e.g. mmaisie mmmountain is morphed into m  and   t-t-t-tower is morphed into t

Set 1 sounds are taught in the following order: m a s d t, i n p g o, c k u b, f e l h sh, r j v y w, th z ch qu x ng nk

Sets 2 

Once your son/daughter knows all Set 1 sounds by sight and sound and uses them to blend to read words, we start teaching Set 2.

ay: may I play ee: what can you see igh: fly high ow: blow the snow oo: poo at the zoo oo: look at a book ar: start the car or: shut the door air: that’s not fair ir: whirl and twirl ou: shout it out oy: toy for a boy

Set 3

Set 3 long vowel sounds. Your son/daughter will need to learn that most vowel sounds have more than one spelling.

ea: cup of tea oi: spoil the boy a-e: make a cake i-e: nice smile o-e: phone home u-e: huge brute aw: yawn at dawn are: share and care ur: purse for a nurse er: a better letter ow: brown cow ai: snail in the rain oa: goat in a boat ew: chew the stew ire: fire fire! ear: hear with your ear ure: sure it’s pure? tion: (celebration)                      tious / cious: (scrumptious / delicious)

Assessment of Phonics

Children are assessed each half term and the groups are reorganised according to progress made; some children may need to revisit some sounds and this would be one of the things taken into account in the reorganisation.


Early reading

We use a range of reading scheme books to support the children’s early reading including: Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Collins Big Cat and PM books. All our reading books have been Reading Recovery levelled. This means that the books within each colour band are numbered to show the specific level. This ensures that the children have an accurate levelled reading book for their reading ability.In Reception your child will start to read on the Read Write Inc books. 

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children are given a bookmark which gives parents ideas for questions to discuss with their child while reading at home.  It also includes assessment points for that colour book band.

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Contact the School

Hollinhey Primary School

Bell Avenue, Sutton
Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0EE

Contact for queries: Mrs S Egeli, Admin Assistant

Main Contact: Mrs S Egeli

Tel: 01625 383247

SEN Contact: Mrs S Clough

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