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How to help your child learn to read.


If your child has recently started school, you might be wondering how you can help them learn to read at home, or perhaps you are interested in knowing a bit more about what they are learning at school. Most parents of young children were taught to read using a different strategy to the one used today, which is why it can be hard to know what to do for the best. 


At Endeavour Primary School we teach our children using the scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’. The way children are taught to read is called phonics. There are some useful words you might want to know like phoneme (the sound of each letter) and grapheme (what each letter looks like). The phonemes – graphemes are split into groups called phases. The phases develop from Phase 1 to Phase 6. Children move through the phases from Year Reception to Year 2, staff regularly assess children’s progress enabling teachers to plan each child’s next steps in learning. Research into brain development shows that children need more than one opportunity to learn new skills so our phonic teaching is a flexible process with regular opportunities to revisit areas of learning.


Phonics is taught in a structured and engaging way, giving the children the skills they need to tackle new words. Phonics is a daily learning opportunity for all children from Reception to Year 2 for 20 minutes a day.  At Endeavour Primary we carefully assess children and set for Phonics. This helps to ensure we support your child from their phonic starting point and through ongoing monitoring and tracking throughout each phase we can react rapidly to their attainment and progress.  Our Phonics sessions are designed to be fun and interactive to engage and excite the children. We want to promote a love and joy of reading.


Phonics Progression Map

Letters and Sounds Scheme