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From Foundation up until Year 2 phonics is taught daily with a focus on using appropriate strategies to support their progress in reading and spelling. With this in mind, classes use Letters and Sounds as a primary model.


Leters and Sounds is the phonics programme recommended by the DfE to support the teaching of reading and spelling at  Primary level. The programme is designed to be delivered to whole classes, small groups, or one to one.


Letters and Sounds is acknowledged by the DfE as meeting ALL its criteria for an effective phonics teaching programme. It is a very highly structured, multi-sensory, incremental and code-oriented, instructional approach to teaching children to read and spell. We use the Letters and Sounds programme to provide fast and effective teaching for children at all levels.




In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 as pupils begin to read they are assigned an appropriate level of book which matches the Letters and Sounds stages. Pupils are encouraged to read daily in school and at home. The library has a wide range of books which allow pupils to progress their reading at an appropriate pace for them, with a range of subjects and topics for different ages. Reading is assessed through the pupils' understanding of their reading, as well as their fluency, use of key words and accuracy of phonic decoding strategies, progressing onto more formal tests of comprehension in Year 2 .


Throughout Key Stage 2 at Kingsbridge Primary School we use a reading programme called Accelerated Reader.


What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book within their range and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice and teaching. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. The range helps your child to choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success. If your child does not pass a quiz, the teacher may help your child:


  • To choose another book that is more appropriate.
  • To review the questions they missed and discuss why their misunderstandings occurred.
  • To discuss their next book with an adult before taking a quiz.
  • To take their next quiz with an adult.
  • Or occasionally, by having the book read to them.

In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books within their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.


For more information on Accelerated Reader please click on the following PDF.


Parents Guide to Accelerated Reader


Accelerated Reader can be accessed from your home computer. From here you are able to view books they are reading or have read and quiz results. Quizzes can only be carried out in school. At the start of each new school year you will receive a letter with your child’s log in details and password, which you will need to access information about their reading or set up email alerts.




You can help your child to choose books at the appropriate readability level using an online tool called AR BookFinder. This enables children to widen the range of available books to include local libraries and books from home. Please see the link below to the AR Bookfinder.


Parents Guide To AR Bookfinder