Ampfield CofE Primary School

Faith In Learning

Head of School: Catherine McElhinney

Reading Schemes and Phonics (KS1)

Reading Scheme

We mainly use the "Oxford Reading Tree" scheme for children who are learning to read. These are supplemented with a range of Fiction and Non-Fiction texts matched to children's phonic understanding and ability.


Children learn the names of the letters of the alphabet and the sounds associated with those letters. The main strategy for teaching this is "Letters and Sounds" which is a phased programme to promote Speaking and Listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting. It is intended to ensure that by the end of Key Stage 1, children have developed fluent word reading skills and have good foundations in spelling.

Handwriting is taught in conjunction with "Letters and Sounds". As the letters are introduced, their formation is also taught. For each letter sound, there is an accompanying action. This is called "Cued Articulation". Further information about this is available via a You Tube link at "Jane Passy Cued Articulation."