Reading and Phonics 2018-02-06T16:57:58+00:00

Reading with your child at home

At St Barnabas we believe that a love of reading changes lives.

it is our mission to not only teach children to read, but to instill a passion for reading in every one of our children. We ask that you join us in the challenges and joys of your child’s reading journey as the books and stories we share help them to give meaning to their lives and shape their futures.

We will continue to add helpful documents and links to reading related websites.

Darwen Library



The book trust – Inspire a love of reading



The reading zone



Oxford Owl – Enjoy helpful tips and activities to support your children’s learning and discover 250 eBooks



Words for Life – Literacy Trust info for Parents


Love Reading!



Best Start Parents Reading Workshop



Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate

The power of reading – information on the importance of reading for pleasure

Our mission is to inspire all our children with a passion for reading


Phonics sessions are taught daily in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phonics Programme. We also teach the children the Jolly Phonics songs and actions to help them learn the phonemes. The children are taught following a six phase programme and follow the same lesson structure each day for 20 minutes. Children are regularly assessed and are streamed into different ability groups. We use the ‘Rapid Phonics’ programme as a phonics intervention with small groups of children which take place daily throughout school for children who require extra phonics support. All phonics sessions follow the same four part teaching sequence.

Teaching Sequence

Revisit and review- where previously taught sounds are revised

•Teach- new sounds or tricky words are taught.

•Practice- reading and writing letters and words with the new sound in.

•Apply- read and writing caption and sentences with the new sound in.

At the end of Year 1 your child will complete a phonics assessment which is made up of real and nonsense words. This assesses how well children can use their knowledge of phonics to read words. You will be told your child’s result at the end of Year 1 and if your child has or has not met the benchmark grade. If your child doesn’t achieve the benchmark grade then further intensive support will be given in Year 2. This year our pass rate was 93% which was fantastic and considerably higher than national average.

Jolly Phonics Mat

Jolly Phonics Phase 3

Year 1 Phase 3 & 5 Phonics

Year 1 & 2 Phase 5 Spellings Mat

Phonics Presentation to Year 1 Parents 2016

Phonics Reading Presentation 2016

Phonics Play


BBC Words and Pictures

We had a great day celebrating World book day. We all came dressed in our pyjamas and brought our favourite book and teddy. We took part in lots of book related activities and then show cased what we had been doing in a special worship in the afternoon. Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support us and an extra thank you to the parents who gave up their time to read a story to our children.

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