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Of all the activities that children engage in at school, reading is the one that most parents want to know more about. It's encouraging for staff to know that parents are keen to find out how they can continue their child's learning at home and support them with their reading and we hope the links below will help.
Children need as much encouragement as possible, at home and school, to become enthusiastic readers. It is not all about getting on to the next level. Enjoying reading and becoming an independent reader are also necessary for lifelong learning.
The information below gives an overview of reading activities from Reception onwards. It also gives some advice to enable parents to feel confident about reading with their child.

The Monster Phonics Reading Scheme

Monster Phonics makes learning fun and more memorable. Rather than relying on rote learning, Monster Phonics uses colour-coding to promote understanding, which leads to children becoming confident, independent learners. Confidence builds their passion for school and for life.

What is Monster Phonics?

The 26 letters of the alphabet and combinations of these letters make 44 speech sounds in English.  The 44 sounds (phonemes) are spelt by 144 different letter combinations (graphemes). For example, the sound A is spelt several different ways, including ay (play) and ai (train). 

Traditional ways of learning to spell can be time-consuming and for some children they are ineffective. Monster Phonics teaches children to read by enabling them to identify the individual graphemes (letter combinations) ad blend the sounds (phonemes) together to read the word.

To support this process, Monster Phonics uses the 10 monsters to categorise all sounds into 10 simple areas. Furthermore, each monster has a different colour and that colour represents that way of spelling the sound.


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Why does it improve learning?


The child learns through the assignment of colour and the linkage of the sound, as well as seeing the colour, creating more ways of remembering the spelling.

Our teachers will be using games, songs and activities that continuously reflect this way of learning, so that structure is constantly seen, heard and experienced by your child. This consistency is critical in ensuring that a complicated language is learnt in the most simplistic way.


Phonic assessment


Children’s progress is continually reviewed. They are formally assessed throughout the

year and children who need extra support are given timely interventions to ensure that they

have every opportunity to catch up.

The National Phonics Screening Check is performed at the end of Year 1. The purpose of the

screening check is to confirm that all children have learned phonic decoding to an age

appropriate standard. The children who do not meet the required standard for the check in

Year 1 enter it again in Year 2, after receiving additional support.  This support continues into

KS2, where required.


Find out more about Monster Phonics


Free resources for parents



Ideas for learning spellings






Information about phonics