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 made up of phonics linked books which are in line with the children's stage within our phonics scheme. Words in these books contain taught phonic sounds to allow children to segment and blend as well as taught tricky words within the year group. We have chosen to include phonics texts from a range of series to ensure children have a rich variety of reading texts.
As children progress in their reading skills and develop additional decoding skills, further books are introduced into the book bands. These texts may contain some unknown sounds or tricky words which can be used as a teaching point to allow children to be exposed to future sounds and words 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: A selection of Oxford Reading Tree phonics series, Decodable Project X, Songbirds phonics, Floppy's phonics, Phonics Bug, Hero Academy and Rocket phonics.
To support the implementation of the scheme and introduce individual letter sounds, Jolly phonics songs and actions are used within the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception). Click the link below for further information on this method:
In addition, the DfE document 'Letters and Sounds' is used to support the teaching of phonic sounds within our scheme.
Our school has created our own bespoke phonics progression map from Reception to Year 2. This scheme amalgamates the phases from Letters and Sounds along with the National Curriculum expectations for Years 1 and 2. More information regarding the implementation of this scheme can be found in the document below.