Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Reading and Phonics


At Oasis Academy Broadoak, reading is at the heart of everything we do and is a vital skill that is used across the whole of the curriculum.  We want all of our children to become confident, fluent readers.  Each classroom is rich in vocabulary and each phase of the school has a Learning Resource Centre where reading books are accessible to all children. 

We are constantly working on improving reading and instilling a love for reading at Broadoak. We are developing reading in the maths curriculum by introducing maths concepts through quality picture books. We have quality non fiction books and quality non fiction e-books on our ipads to support our foundation subjects. 

We have invested heavily to ensure that our books in both the Early Reading Library (EY & Y1) and the books in our Accelerated reading library are appealing for all children and promote diversity and equality. 

We love reading at Broadoak! 





From starting school in the Early Years, the children begin to read by learning the letters of the alphabet, the 'sounds' they make and the common 'tricky words' that they will experience. This is taught in daily 4 part lessons following the sequence that is set out in the DfE 'Letters and Sounds' document. These sessions are intended to be fun and interactive.


The four part lesson involves a revisit, new learning, practicing the new learning and applying it.

The children work through the following phases: 

In Phase 1, the children develop an understanding of different sounds in the environment. They distinguish between different sounds, join in with songs and recognise rhythms.

In Phase2, the children start to match the phonemes (the sounds) to the graphemes (the letters) they will blend sounds to read and segment them to spell.

In Phase3, the children learn to read and blend digraphs (such as ur) and trigraphs (such as igh), they learn to read and spell more tricky words (that are not decodable) and can now read simple captions and sentences.

In Phase 4, the children learn to read and write different consonant blends (such as spl).

In Phase 5, the children learn the alternative graphemes for all of the different phonemes learnt to far.

Children are assessed regularly at the end of each phase or term to ensure the groupings for their learning are accurate.

To support fluency and to practise blending, we have invested in a quality phonics library. Children have access to Bug Club phonics books from Phase 2 - Phase 5. 


The children learn both real words and pseudo (or alien) words.

At the end of Year 1, the children take part in a phonics check where they read a mixture of real and pseudo words.  Any children who did not pass the check in Y1 will continue with their phonic learning in Y2 and will resit the check again.

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