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North Crescent Primary School

‘Guiding explorers of the future’

Good luck to all of our Year 6 pupils who leave for new adventures at their chosen Secondary school. Have a fabulous Summer break and we look forward to seeing you all back on Wednesday 4th September.


Phonics and Reading Fun!

Welcome to the phonics page. Phonics is our way of helping your child to read and write.  It teaches children the sounds represented by different letters and groups of letters.

Phonics is fun and lays the foundation for key English skills.  It is taught throughout the school and starts in Early Years.  We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme.  Once children have achieved this, they move onto our spelling scheme - Topical Spelling.


In reading, we use Book Bands and Bridging Bands to differentiate our reading materials.  Within this, children may read books from the Oxford Reading Tree, Badger, Collins and Rigby Star reading schemes.  Book Bands work on a colour-coded system and work throughout the school.  We warmly encourage you to supplement school reading books with ones from the local library and those that you may wish to purchase yourselves.  If you would like any advice on supporting your child with reading then please get in touch.


Likewise, If you  have any more questions about phonics, then please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.


Meanwhile have a look at these exciting websites - the children play these games in school and would love to play them at home too! – free activities and advice on differentiation/application of phonics. 

(Please be aware some activities available to subscribers only.) – general information about each phase with printable resources and games.  - phonic activities


This is a free site for the children to practise their letter sounds. It is great fun and the children learn whilst playing games. Try it please.

The game is also available as an app but this has to be purchased. (Special offer if downloaded between 24th and 30th September app is free)