Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Reading and Phonics in Early Years

In the Early Years, children learn through a wide variety of approaches. This includes:

  • Direct adult teaching input
  • Learning through play in a carefully planned environment
  • Learning through peers
  • Learning through scaffolding during play
  • Learning through small groups and focus activities
  • Experiences, trips and visits

Children in the Early Years need a balanced curriculum which includes teaching which has been carefully planned according to their developing needs and interests, as well as allowing plenty of time for spontaneous child-initiated learning.  They need organised, adult-guided learning to bring new ideas and experiences into their lives and for the direct teaching of new skills and concepts. These will deepen or consolidate their learning over time.

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



Phonics is delivered through Bookwings Phonics, which is an immersive, multi-sensory approach designed to capture children’s interests. This approach is closely linked to the OCL Reading intent, promoting the use of high-quality texts and 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



The Write Stuff is used in EYFS to develop children’s vocabulary, talk and writing. Embedding this through the use of the FANTASTIC lenses in Nursery to promote talk and the development of vocabulary in all areas of learning lays a strong foundation for the use of the lenses to form the basis of writing in Reception and beyond. The approach is rooted in early language development, inspiring and introducing new words to children in meaningful ways to enable them to navigate the world.

  • 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


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.