Phonics and Spelling

We start teaching phonics in our Early Years using the Sounds Write Programme; we continue to use it consistently across the school all the way up to year 6.  We also use Sounds Write to teach our spelling, and we teach the children the core concepts of spelling from Early Years to Year 6.

Early reading is taught daily in Early Years and KS1.  Children are encouraged to foster a love for books and they progress through a reading scheme that is matched to the sounds that we teach in our daily phonics lessons.  When the children can successfully read and comprehend a text, usually during year 1, they progress onto the Accelerated Reader scheme.

See our Parent Workshops page for phonics presentations to parents.

Key English Texts 2021-2022

Harriers Curriculum Overview with key texts

EYFSA new house for mouse,
Three little pigs,
5 Minutes Peace
Dinosaur Fiction Usbourne,
Stomp Stomp Roar Roar,
Usbourne Dinosaur Facts
The Way Back Home,
Space Tortoise,
Whatever Next
Jack and the beanstalk,
Hansel and Gretel,
Elliot Midnight Superhero,
Super Stan Traction Man,
Non Fiction: People who help us.
The Pirates next door,
Night Pirates,
Non-Fiction: Sea animals
Owl Babies,
What the Ladybird heard,
Farmyard Lullabies,
On Sudden Hill,
Non-Fiction: Animals
Y1Town and Country Mouse,
Funny Bones,
Town and Country
The Queen’s Knickers,
Paddington at the Palace,
The Queen’s Hat
Tree-Seasons come, seasons go,
The squirrel’s busy year,
Lila and the Secret Rain,
Storm whale in winter.
Traction Man (POR book),
Naughty Bus (POR book),
Toys in Space,
I love you blue kangaroo,
Old Bear stories
Rainbow fish,
The selfish crocodile
Tiny Seed,
Little Gardener,
Eddie’s garden and how to make things grow.
Y2Vlad and the Great Fire of London
(Kate Cunningham)
Jemmy Button
(Valerio Vidali)
Moth: An evolution storyThe Sky garden,
It starts with a seed,
George and Flora’s garden,
Ten Seeds
Dirty BertieMan on the Moon,
Dear Greenpeace
Y3Letters from Felix Ug Boy Genius of the Stone Age Oliver and the SeawigspendingMarcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx,
Secrets of the Sun King,
Egyptian Cinderella,
Time Travelling Cat
Ottoline at Sea
Y4Lonely Planet Guides,
Boy in back of the Class
The Adventures of OdysseusThe Explorer Wild by Emily Hughes,
Hope Jones Saves the World
The Accidental Rock StarMacbethCharlie and The Chocolate Factory
Y5FloodlandBeowolfCosmicEscape from PompeiiSix Men – David McKeeBeegu,
The Savage – David Almond
Y6SurvivorsThe Firework Maker’s DaughterCharles Darwin on the origin of SpeciesLetters from the Lighthouse,
Goodnight Mr Tom
You are Awesome,
Crossover - Kuame
Way Home,
The Viewer
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