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St Francis Braintree

Phonics and Reading Schemes


The school uses the Letters and Sounds guidance as the basis for the teaching of phonics throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1.  Teachers follow the teaching structure within the phases and ensure that the children access a wide range of activities to develop their early reading skills.

Reading Schemes

The school uses the Book Banding system throughout the school and uses a wide range of texts from a variety of popular reading schemes.  These include:

Oxford Reading Tree
Rigby Rockets (Independent)
Collins Black Cat
Project X
Rigby Star (Guided)
Bug Club

The children also regularly visit the school's well-resourced library to borrow books for pleasure.  The Book Banding system extends into Key Stage 2 with a similar mix of reading material drawn from a range of educational publishers.  Each classroom has a dedicated book corner with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books for the children to make their choices.