Thames Ditton Infant School

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Phonics and Reading Schemes

Thames Ditton Infant School uses colour book bands to support progress in reading from Reception to Year 2. These bands are broken into numbered sub-divisions to allow children to feel the progress they are making. The colour bands are supported by phonics linked books which are in line with the children's phase within Letters and Sounds. Words in these books contain taught phonic sounds to allow children to segment and blend as well as taught tricky words within the phase. Other books may contain unknown sounds or tricky words which can be used as a teaching point to allow children to be exposed to future phases as well as to develop their use of other decoding skills including context, syntax and analogy.


The variety of books also supports children to practise their prediction, comparison and comprehension skills when talking about the texts.  


Our range of books includes: Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Songbirds, Fireflies, Snap Dragons, Big Cat, Floppy's phonics, Phonics Bug and Letters and Sounds.

Jolly Phonics is used by the School to support and implement letters and sounds in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception).  More information on this method can be found at the following link:


In addition, the School also used 'Letters and Sounds' as an approach to help children with word reading skills and spelling: