Phonics and reading

At Durrington Infants we believe that reading is a key to all learning.

One method of learning to read is from memorising sight words however, this method does not work for all.

To enable your child to have access to this key of reading we follow’ Letters and Sounds’ program and this is supported by Jolly Phonics.

Secure phonic knowledge is a method which enables us to read the code of text but it is only part of the story in successful reading. The complex activity of reading does involve decoding letters to make words, but more importantly entails translating those words into a message that has meaning.

Did you know?

  • Children who read and share books everyday are more likely to become good readers.

  • Children need to know why they need to read.

  • Children who belong to a library and choose their own books are more likely to develop a love of books.

  • The comfort of reading with your child in a cosy place with love encourages good reading.

  • Children who know nursery rhymes are more likely to show interest in reading.

  • Children who see their parents reading at home are more likely to read.

Websites that we encourage you to look at:

Mr Thorne’s phonics on you tube

Phonics Play You can access some parts of the website for free or subscribe for £12 a year.

Our reading scheme provides a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, at each level.

The books are taken from various published schemes including:

Oxford Reading Tree




All stars

Big Cat Phonics

Sounds Write

In addition we have a wide range of books for guided reading and comprehension from the above schemes and also Walker and Penguin books.