Reading and Phonics

Mrs Brunnick-Ryan

Phonics Lead

At Wainscott School, we have a variety of reading schemes working alongside each other which are colour banded.  Many schools band books by colour to help children choose the right books for their reading ability. For example, the simplest books are Band 1, which is pink, and the top level is Band 11, which is lime.


These are carefully graded by reading levels known as book bands. This means that when you know your child’s book band, you will be able to select books from different reading schemes with confidence, knowing that they are the right level for your child. Each book band has its own colour.


Book banding is a method of grading the reading level of a particular book. This allows children to be guided to appropriate reading material. Not only is it a good way to organise the levels of books in schools, it can also help staff to audit numbers, types of books and the spread of various levels across the school.


Reading schemes, group readers, guided readers, picture books (where appropriate) and general fiction can be banded as can some general non-fiction. Books can be graded from the simplest texts, suitable for very early readers, to texts for fluent readers, ensuring that children experience success and progress from one level to the next. Wainscott use a combination of All Aboard, Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Flying Boots.


Phonics teaching takes place daily and follows the Letters And Sounds scheme, children are asked ,within a session to revisit, review, practice and then apply their phonic skill. Letters and Sounds is supplemented by a range of teacher made resources and flashcards purchased from educational suppliers. Staff also have access to Education City to help them in delivering the daily phonics session.


Floppy phonic readers have been recently introduced in FS2 to supplement Letters and Sounds and to provide further opportunities for children to apply their phonic knowledge.