Phonics at Stockwell Academy

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully.

They are taught how to:

- recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;

-identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and

-blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see.

This is the first important step in learning to read.

How do we teach Phonics?

At Stockwell Academy we follow a systematic approach to teaching phonics. We have recently implemented Read Write Inc. Read Write Inc. has a long history of proven success and we look forward to seeing the positive impact on our children’s confidence in their ability to read.

Please find more information on Read Write Inc. here:

Information for Parents

Reading at Stockwell Academy

All children from the Foundation Stage to Year 6 have regular guided reading sessions. Guided Reading is carefully timetabled so that TAs and other adults from across the school are targeted in these sessions. Guided reading is based on three main reading schemes – The Bug Club, Read Write Inc. and Project X.

These books are all book banded according to age, as are the home reading books which consist of a variety of ‘real’ books and books from previous schemes. In conjunction with these, the school also has a variety of group sets of novels to challenge the more able readers in guided reading sessions.

The school promotes home reading through a bookmark challenge scheme, where children who read at least 4 times a week for a full term are eligible for a prize or golden time.  This has proved very popular and we have seen the amount of home reading increase.  The school also have a school library which children can visit every Monday to take out and return books. 

Reading at Home

We send Oxford Reading Tree books home for reading with parents/carers.

We have also just signed up to the Bug Club. This is a fantastic resource that enables your child to access reading books digitally and respond to them in exciting ways that earn them rewards.

Please find more information on Bug Club here:

Bug Club Information for Parents/Carers

We expect that each child reads at least four times a week. This must be recorded on their home reading record or will be recorded on their account if they are reading via Bug club at home.

More information on Bug Club or reading at home can be downloaded below.

Supporting Your Child

Please find useful information for supporting your child in learning to read at home:

Oxford Owl Reading Tips

The Book Trust Reading Tips

Pearson Tips for Reading at Home


Photos from our Reading Assembly to Parents