Phonics and reading platforms


Phonics is the first important step in learning to read. It provides children with strategies to help them to read independently.

Evendons Primary School uses Letters and Sounds, a phonic programme to teach Phonics. This introduces sounds and common high-frequency words in a set order, split into six phases.

We teach Phonics daily in EYFS to Year 2 and beyond as needed in small groups that match the children’s reading phonics ability. These groups are flexible and children move across groups as needed to ensure they are progressing at the correct stage appropriate to them.

A phonics session is about 20 minutes per day, fast paced and active. We often teach through games, treasure hunts/hopscotch or jumping games to explore sounds outside, sing songs and link the sessions to our topics in school.

Additional phonics groups are provided for children requiring more support learning phonic sounds and who didn’t pass the Year 1 statutory phonics check.

Letters and Sounds scheme


We are passionate about fostering a love of reading at Evendons. In January 2020, through PTA funding, we were able to completely refurbish our school library to create a wonderful space to enjoy books and select books to take out on loan.

Our reading books carefully match the children’s phonics abilities.

We teach reading in a variety of ways:

  • Shared whole class or small group reading
  • Daily class story times
  • Guided reading
  • 1:1 reading using schemed books
  • Peer reading
  • Visits to our school and local library
  • World Book Week
  • Author and Illustrator visits

Reading Workshop 16.01.19

Sam Grimes and Katrina Salmon led a parent workshop on phonics at Evendons and the following is a link to the materials discussed:

Slideshow and notes

Useful sites

Oxford Owl

Reading Eggs

Phonics Play