Our Reading and Phonics Scheme

At Bourton Meadow Academy, our school approach to Reading and Phonics is below:

  • Our Phonics Scheme is called sounds-write 

Please see some websites that you can use to support the phonics taught in school:

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk  http://www.galacticphonics.com


  • Our Reading Scheme: we follow the Oxford Reading Tree, Collins and Big Cat Progress

Our Reading scheme includes children bring home reading books that are a mix of comprehension/Fluency and phonic based.

Children, where appropriate, will come home with books that support each phonic unit being taught and a book designed to help fluency/comprehension. Your child’s teacher will send home phonic books each week linked to either the current sound or sound(s) they have recently learnt.

As your child will have the phonic book for a week, we have compiled a selection of activities that you could use to support their reading and use of phonics at home:

  • Read the book and identify the target sound.
  • Play hunt the sound – get your child to identify how one sound (phoneme) can have different spellings (graphemes). E.g. the ay sound can be represented by ai, a-e, a, ae, ey, ea, eigh, aigh.
  • Play hunt the spelling – get your child to identify how one spelling (grapheme) can have different sounds (phonemes). E.g. the oo spelling can represent oo as in book and oo as in moon.
  • Retell the story, perhaps through drama, using as many of the target sound words identified in previous reading.
  • Discuss an alternative ending encouraging children to use words that include the target sound.

As we appreciate, many children love to read therefore each year group also has their own library of assorted books.  Some of the books included within this library will be fully decodable for the children to read themselves, whereas other books will be for them to share and enjoy with an adult. The children can use this library daily. 

Children will continue to receive a decodable phonic book until they have worked their way through all of the phonic units. After this, they will be able to choose from a selection of free reader books alongside the year group library. This choice then becomes purely down to the child. If your child is already a free reader, then this will not change. However, they may receive a phonic book to support their current phonics learning.  

We are sponsored by