Berwood Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1BS


Here at Penns Primary...

  • direct, focused phonics is taught every day in Reception and key stage 1
  • children read from books with the sounds they know, while they are learning to read
  • teachers and teaching assistants provide extra practice through the day for the children who make the slowest progress (the lowest 20%)
  • we aim for all children in Year 3 and above to read age-appropriate books and provide support mechanisms where this is not the case
  • teachers instil in children a love of literature: with the best stories and poems

At Penns, we use Letters and Sounds 

Please find below the Penn's phonics progression chart.  This will enable you to see the sounds that your child is learning and is expected to know and read by the end of each term. 

Reception Phonics Reading Book

November '22

Book 6

Book 25

Year One Phonics Reading Book

November '22

Book 10

Book 22

Book 25

Book 26

Support your child's home learning by pronouncing the phonemes correctly

Tricky Words

A ‘tricky’ word is one that cannot be sounded out. They are words that are non-phonetic. If you sound them out and then try to blend the sounds, you will get a word that does not sound right. They are words that must be recognised by sight. Help your child by supporting their recognition of tricky words (see our progression chart)

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book or 'reading for pleasure'. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing books

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

Activities and Ideas to Encourage Pre Reading