Southfield Close, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 5YN



Driffield Northfield Infant School

The Teaching of Reading and Phonics


Phonics sessions are delivered daily following the Letters and Sounds Programme and supplemented with Jolly Phonics resources. This synthetic approach develops letter and sound recognition to support blending and segmentation. Children are encouraged to attempt to spell words for themselves using a range of strategies and resources, including dictionaries, word banks and the classroom environment.



Children have daily opportunities to read and share books in school. They are expected to consolidate this by regular reading at home. It is expected that children will read their independent reading book at least once a week in school and change it as appropriate. Heineman ‘Story Worlds’ forms the main core of the independent reading scheme with a variety of other reading scheme books as supplementary material. Pearson’s ‘Bug Club’ books are the main scheme used for guided reading. Guided reading is small group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports children in developing reading proficiency The small group allows children to be taught in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progress.