Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Reading and Phonics in Early Years

At Oasis Academy Clarksfield, we believe reading is the catalyst to support children's learning across the whole curriculum. We strive for children to become enthusiastic, independent, and reflective learners who are able to read with fluency, accuracy and understanding.


  • 2-3 guided reading sessions every week
  • Daily whole class reading
  • Inviting and accessible reading corners in each classroom and in outdoor environment to promote a love of reading
  • Quality selection of books in class libraries
  • Access to the EYFS/KS1 library
  • Year 6 reading buddies to develop a love of reading
  • 1:1 reading each week for every child
  • Reading as a golden thread through the curriculum where all learning is derived from quality texts
  • Texts selected to match interests of children
  • Books available in all areas of the environment
  • Lots of opportunities to develop reading in the environment e.g. name writing cards, signs, print in the environment, clearly labelled resources etc.
  • Home school reading developed through Stay and Play sessions
  • Children choose a ‘bedtime’ book to take home to share with their family to develop a love of reading



  • Two Read Write Inc phonics sessions each day
  • Phonics application to a phonetically decodable book accessed through the children’s iPads
  • Phonics applied during focus writing sessions
  • Access to a variety of Nursery rhymes



  • Closing Vocabulary Gap approach embedded
  • ELKLAN to support the development of early language
  • Wellcomm as a HQFT approach and selected intervention
  • Language modelled by staff within provision
  • Language rich environment
  • Language learnt transferred into role-play
  • Weekly Tales Toolkit sessions to develop speech and language
  • Opportunities in all lessons to develop speech and language



  • Bespoke, research informed approach to our own ‘Writing Process’ through instructional teaching
  • Reading and writing linked through quality texts
  • Spellings linked to each child’s current phonics learning
  • Handwriting and spelling continually revisited
  • Tower Hamlet’s Language structures to develop oracy and written work


Story Telling

In Early Years, we value the importance of storytelling, of children being read to and told stories. We believe that conversation and storytelling widen a child’s vocabulary, and a wide vocabulary is decisive in becoming a confident reader. Children in Early Years take part in a daily class read to enable them to see modelled quality reading, build their understanding of how to read a text and maximise their opportunities to listen and engage with a text. Children also engage in a weekly Tales Toolkit session to develop their oral story telling skills.