Our aim at Nelson Infant School is that reading should be:

• for pleasure and enjoyment,

• to support other learning

• to use a range of strategies so that children can become independent readers


At Nelson Infant we use the Letters and Sounds teaching guidance to teach phonics.

What is phonics?

Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words


Click here to find out more about Phonics – link to phonics info for parents.


Watch the video to find out how to pronounce the 44 sounds of the English alphabetic code.

At school we will:

Teach the sounds (or phonemes) needed to read words

Hear your child read in guided reading

Give you and your child access to books at the right level for them

Teach your child strategies for reading

Help build their understanding of meaning by asking questions

Let you know if there are any problems


At home parents/carers can:

Read a story to your child for fun every day

Share your childs school reading book regularly

To help your child remember their book bag each day

Ask questions to help with understanding

Come and see us if you are concerned

Becoming better readers poster: