Reading and Phonics

Why Phonics Matters

Making sure that children become engaged with reading from the very beginning is one of the most important ways to make a difference to their life chances whatever their socio-economic background. A secure phonetic knowledge enables children to become confident from the earliest age. Those who love to read and show confidence in reading read more and therefore practise and apply their skills more often. Evidence shows that teaching phonics is the best way to teach children to read. 'Synthetic Programmes were especially effective for younger, at-risk readers.' Phonics give the youngest of readers the skills to decode and experience success in reading texts. ?
We follow The Harmony Trust Framework "Phonics: A Systematic and Synthetic Approach" to phonics.  You can read more in the document at the bottom of the page or by browsing the parent guide here:


Should you wish to find out more about phonics teaching at Cottons Farm, please get in touch with our Phonics lead Mrs Grainger via:



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“The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Suess. 

At?Cottons Farm Primary Academy, reading is a?priority?so that?all?our pupils can access the full curriculum.?We believe that all pupils should?become?fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We want pupils to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors, and be able to understand more about the world in which they live through the knowledge they gain from texts. By the end of their time at?our?school, all children should be able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve in reading and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupils’ ability to make progress.? 

Our curriculum is designed around the needs of the pupils in our school and there?is a variety?of approaches to enable the pupils to make good?progress.? 

The aims of teaching reading in our school are to develop pupils who:? 

  • Show high levels of achievement and exhibit very positive attitudes towards reading? 
  • Read easily and fluently with good understanding across both fiction and non-fiction? 
  • Acquire a wider vocabulary? 
  • Develop their reading in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge? 
  • Develop a?love of reading? 
  • Read for pleasure both at home and school on a regular basis? 
  • Through their reading develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually? 
  • Develop good comprehension drawing from their linguistic knowledge? 


Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) / Pupil Premium / Higher Attainers? 

All children will have Quality First Teaching. Any children with identified SEND or?lower attainers,?may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs. As well as this, our school offers a demanding and varied curriculum, providing children with a range of opportunities?in order for?them to reach their full potential and consistently achieve highly from their starting points.? 

Reading at home 

We acknowledge and value the important role played by the family in supporting children’s reading development by reading to them and listening to them read. Reading to and with your child, every evening for at least ten minutes can make a dramatic difference to a child's achievement within school. 

Books are taken home on a daily basis along with a reading record so that children can be heard reading and a comment (even a brief one) can be made. Children should read and a comment should be written in their reading records at least 4 times a week. 

Reading is the key to learning.?If we want our children to thrive, teaching them to read is not enough – they must learn to enjoy it 

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Sheridan Street, Sinfin, Derby, Derbyshire DE24 9HG

Mrs K Patmore - Principal

01332 771370 - Cottons Farm Academy