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Phonics and Reading at Holy Trinity

Guided Reading

Pupils read with a teacher or teaching assistant once a week. They read with a teacher at least once every two weeks. This is done individually, as part of a small group guided reading session. A group will consist of no more than six children who are working at the same level in reading.

A guided reading session focuses on an objective relevant to their stage of learning, e.g. To use a contents page to locate information OR to talk about what happened in a story in the correct order. During a guided reading session there will be some group discussion of a text as well as some reading practise. As the children read, the adult will listen to, assess and support the children as needed.

Guided Reading sessions are an effective way of ensuring that all pupils have regular, extended, quality reading time with a teacher.

Reading within a group also means that there are many opportunities for discussion, confidence building and peer learning. It also means that teachers and teaching assistants have a secure, up to date knowledge of where children are working at in reading and where they need to move to next.


At Holy Trinity we use the Jolly Phonics actions and songs to support our teaching of phonics. Children are taught in differentiated groups. This is because children learn to read and write at different rates and in different ways. It allows teachers to carefully tailor the learning to meet specific needs and therefore maximise the progress of every child. This starts in Year 1 after October half term until the end of Year Two. The groups are fluid and regularly reviewed and assessed.

Children may change groups depending on their understanding of phonics as the scheme develops. The decision to move a child is only made after assessments have been carried out and all aspects of the child’s learning have been carefully considered. We have been tracking the progress of children in phonics over the last 3 years and have found that teaching phonics in this way significantly improves their progress.

Pupils are aware that they are in different groups because they learn in different ways. Again, grouping them in this way means that they can experience success, enjoy their learning and therefore make maximum progress. It is very important that they see this as a positive approach to their learning. We are eternally grateful for the parental support we receive in school and it makes a huge difference. However, we would ask parents not to discuss the phonic groupings with other parents or in the presence of children. We appreciate your sensitivity with this matter.

As children move into Key Stage 2, any children who are not fully secure in their knowledge will continue to be taught phonics in a small group daily. In year 2 we begin teaching grammar using the Jolly Grammar scheme. This continues as they move through the school and is supplemented with ‘Support for Spelling’.

Year Group Subject Overviews

Jolly Phonics Songs and Actions

Challenge Booklet