At Glenmere, we use a systematic approach to the teaching of synthetic phonics to enable children to develop secure reading and spelling skills. It is proven that high quality phonics teaching is ‘the best route for children to become fluent and independent readers. A strong emphasis on high quality teaching of phonics can substantially reduce the number of children at risk of falling below age-related expectations for reading. At Glenmere we use Reading Planet Rocket Phonics to teach phonics.. Teachers make use of the resources(including online,  interactive resources) to support the children’s learning of phonemes in KS1. This sequence sets out clear expectations of pupils’ progress in phonics week by week and term by term.

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The Reading Planet Guide to Reading with your Child provides guidance for reading at home with children aged 4-7 years. This handy guides explains phonics and book banding and includes tips of developing comprehension skills.