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Marlpool Infant School

Phonics and Reading

The way that we teach phonics in school will undergo some important changes this year. This section will reflect those changes as we implement them. Revisit this page to discover what these changes will look like, and to access further advice and information from the Department for Education as it becomes available.


Children will read to an adult as frequently as possible during the school week, as well as taking part in many other reading and phonics-based activities. Parents are encouraged to read with their child as much as possible out of school and record this in their child’s book.

At Marlpool we do not follow a single particular scheme for reading; we have lots of reading books from a range of schemes to interest all children which are grouped and placed into coloured book bands. The books within each book band are carefully graded according to the level of phonic knowledge and decoding skills needed in order to read them, as well as the level and complexity of sentence structures and comprehension skills needed as the level of text increases.

Children will read a range of fiction and non-fiction books and progress through the book bands at their own pace and are encouraged to choose their own books. When your child begins a new book band an insert will be placed into their reading record to provide some simple ways for you to support your child whilst reading within that particular band.

The children also take part in shared reading on a daily basis as part of our English teaching and have planned guided reading sessions once a week.