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North Crescent Primary School

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Phonics and Reading

Our Approach 

Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.


Monster Phonics
Children begin their reading journey with Monster Phonics - a fun, engaging approach to teaching a full systematic, synthetic phonics programme using coloured monsters with matching texts, videos and songs. The children just love the characters and quickly associate the coloured graphemes (written sounds) to the phonemes (sounds the letters make). 'Monsters' covers all aspects of knowledge and skills and provides a full programme of teaching, guidance, resources and training. 


Children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics they know. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence. Pupils are taught in mixed age groups across key stage 1, and through specific intervention, if required, in key stage 2.


We constantly review our practice in order to improve it so that our pupils are given every opportunity to learn, remember their learning, apply their learning and have fun!

As well as following a phonics scheme in school, our pupils take home books that are closely linked to their phonics learning so that they can practice and consolidate their skills. When ready, pupils move on to reading books using the Accelerated Reader Scheme.


Accelerated Reader

When using Accelerated Reader, children complete a reading assessment every half term that assesses their understanding of language and comprehension and they are awarded a reading range that closely matches their reading ability. Children then complete quizzes after each book to ensure that they have understood what they are reading and that their banding continues to be appropriate for them. The children love the cool avatars that we use to celebrate their quizzing!



After children have completed Monster Phonics, their reading and comprehension skills, and vocabulary knowledge, are developed through daily, discrete, whole class reading lessons sequenced to mirror Statutory Assessment style questions. Along with daily 60 second reads so that they experience and respond to a wide range of text types. 


Reading for Pleasure

We read for pleasure every day and celebrate reading and authors through a wide range of events, author visits, poetry competitions, etc. Our extensive range of texts ensures that everyone can find themselves within our books. We especially have a wide range of 'recommended reads' based on the themes of inspiration, emotions, cultures and our planet. 


Recent Pupil Quotes

"I love reading. It takes me on a journey and helps me to relax.'

"It helps my wellbeing and makes me feel better."