Early Reading at Charnwood

Early reading

At Charnwood we believe that children require reading skills in order to open the door to the wider curriculum.

Children in Reception in Year 1 and 2 ready fully decodable books in a small group with an adult three times per week. These books are then allocated as an e-book on the Phonics Bug portal for children to build their reading fluency and apply their skills at home.

These 3 reading sessions each have a focus of decoding, prosody and comprehension. We use fully decodable books that are closely matched to their reading ability.



Our intent is to equip our pupils with the skills and knowledge required to become fluent readers by age seven. We follow the Bug Club Phonics SSP programme, which follows the Letters and Sounds progression, as a school with an aim to build children’s speaking and listening skills as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. Practitioners follow a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills to ensure consistency through actions, rhymes and the teaching sequence. However, there is flexibility within the planning to adapt the sessions to make them engaging.

The link below will take you to the PDF where you can find all of the letter formation rhymes:

Handwriting symbols and phrases


Home Readers

Bug Club Phonics is supported by decodable readers which match the order of phoneme introduction. All of our home readers are decodable and have been organised to match the Bug Club Phonics progression. There are a variety of books to match each unit of the teaching programme. Following half termly assessments children are matched to the correct unit of home reader. Thus providing an opportunity for the children to practise and consolidate their learning at each stage.

When the children have completed the first two units of Bug Club Phonics, they will have acquired a sufficient number of grapheme–phoneme correspondences to start reading their own books. Prior to this there is a strong focus on communication and language where pre-readers will be sent home with guidance for parents.

The Bug Club also provides a library of eBooks that match the ones we use in our guided reading sessions . These eBooks will be allocated to your child, following their guided reading sessions. These books are designed to support children in practising and consolidating the knowledge they acquire during the guided reading sessions . Bug Club’s online reading world helps children improve core reading skills at school or home with exciting texts and fun rewards. It also enables teachers to monitor every child’s progress.

Each week children will take home one home reader from the school reading library and one eBook that matches the one they have been reading in our guided reading sessions.

A guide to using the bug club at home can be found here:
Parent guide

At Charnwood we place a great emphasis on our phonics teaching.

Phonics Policy

Rapid Phonics

We use Rapid Phonics to help struggling learners, including children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with SEN to catch up in phonics. These sessions are aimed at years 2-6

Useful documents and links to support your child at home

Parent Guide to access Bug Club on line

Useful Links Page

Actions for sounds

Sound mats

Handwriting symbols and phrases

For information on the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, click on the link below: 


Phonics and reading games 









Join the Trust

SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership. The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support. In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.