Phonics and Reading Schemes


The teaching of phonics at Beacon Academy is based on Letters and Sounds (DfE).  Phonemes are taught in the specified order of the 'Letters and Sounds' document, with support from ‘Jolly Phonics’.  In Nursery, children take part in a range of activities which are mainly adult led and listening skills are embedded so that pupils move confidently through the next 5 phases.

All classes support the teaching of phonics through phonics displays and phonics trees.

Foundation Stage and Key Stage all receive daily phonic lessons and are assessed every 6 weeks.  Key Stage 2 reinforce phonic knowledge through daily spellings and grammar.


At Beacon Academy, reading is given a central role in the curriculum and is given the highest priority.  Initially, children read individually so that their early skills can be closely monitored.  As these skills develop, they will begin to read in small guided reading groups.  

These guided reading sessions continue throughout the school to ensure pupils become fluent and competent readers.  We aim to ensure pupils develop a critical appreciation of the work of authors and poets and also develop their research skills across the curriculum.  Pupils have access to a wide range of carefully structured texts.  We have invested heavily in developing our reading materials as we want our children to develop a genuine love of reading.  We are lucky enough to have a wonderful library that is staffed by our Reading Crew team.  Our Reading Crew are supporting teaching and learning for reading specifically in Years 1, 2 and 3.  All year groups have a timetabled library session each week which is led by our Reading Crew team.

Please click on the link below to view our Parents' Phonics Handbook, which explains how your child is taught in class.  If you have any questions or queries, please see your child's class teacher.

Parents' Phonics Handbook