Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Reading and Phonics

At Clarksfield, we believe reading is central to learning. It is only by reading, and using accomplished reading skills, that we are able to unlock and access other areas of learning. Because of this, reading is embedded into every part of our curriculum. From daily phonics sessions in KS1, to daily shared reading lessons in KS2, we aim for children to be given as many different opportunities to read as possible! This covers decoding words and developing comprehension, as well as improving reading fluency. We also want to expose our children to as much new vocabulary as we can so they can develop their own understanding of language and further their learning. We are passionate about reading- we hope you are too!


Please click here to have a read through our Reading Strategy for a more detailed explanation of what reading looks like at Clarksfield.

Reading Scheme

We use phonetically decodable texts to teach reading in EYFS and KS1, and children progress to being able to select from a range of texts to challenge more able readers using the Accelerated Reading Scheme once they are fluent readers. This enables us to consolidate learning and develop as wide a reading vocabulary as possible.

Each class has its own reading corner with books from a variety of authors and genres and there is also a main library.

Children take reading books home in order to practise their reading skills and to share their learning with parents. 

In KS1 and KS2, reading sessions are taught through a quality text which is matched to their curriculum topic to enable children to focus on their development and understanding of language, in particular subject specific vocabulary which in turn feeds into their writing.


Our Phonics scheme is Read Write Inc. All children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 follow this scheme. For more information click here.

Phonics Screening Check

At the end of Year 1, every child is expected to take a Phonics Screening Check which is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will also identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills.