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Early Reading & Phonics

Being able to read is a necessary life skill and our aim is for all children to develop a love of reading and to leave Birch Hill Primary School reading easily and fluently, with good understanding.  The teaching of reading begins in our Nursery where children are introduced to the phonic sounds.  We follow the Phonics Bug scheme to teach early reading skills and, from Reception, children are taught sounds, letters and words in small groups for 30 minutes each day.  Once the children have mastered phonics and can read fluently, they engage in daily whole-class reading sessions which are based around a quality text.