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Reading scheme

Reading scheme

At Windrush Primary we use among other things the Bug Club Phonics scheme, Bug Club is a finely levelled, phonically based reading scheme, which ensures that each child can find a book at exactly the right level for them. Each child has a personalised homepage where they'll find the eBooks they've been allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards. The online reading world ensures children can access independent reading resources anywhere at any time. Bug Club books are graded into colour-coded Book Band levels, and within each level there is a carefully planned progression of books. This fine progression gives children plenty of opportunity to develop their reading skills and master each fine step while moving through the reading programme.

What is phonics?

Phonics is one method of teaching children how to read and write. Phonics is all about sounds and we are currently employing a phonics system called 'Letters and Sounds'.


There are 44 sounds in the English language, which we put together to form words.Some are represented by one letter, like 't', and some by two or more, like 'ck' in duck and 'air' in chair.Children are taught the sounds first, then how to match them to letters, and finally how to use the letter sounds for reading and spelling.Synthetic phonics refers to 'synthesising', or blending, the sounds to read words. It is based on the idea that children should sound out unknown words and not rely on their context. Reading books are graded by difficulty by reading levels known as Book Bands.  Each Book Band has its own colour.