Reading and Phonics At Melbourne Infant School 


At Melbourne Infant School we have a wide range of approaches to teaching reading. We want all our children to be fluent readers who leave us with a high level of reading and comprehension skills. However, we also want to foster a love and enjoyment of reading and to encourage children to experience texts form a wide range of genres and authors.


School Reading Scheme.

Children will work through our coloured banded reading stages. These are progressive, allowing children to apply their growing phonics knowledge, sight vocabulary to texts and comprehension at an appropriate level. We expect children to read these books at home and at school. A dojo is rewarded each time a child reads at home. We ask parents to hear their child read at least 3 times a week.

To complement our reading scheme we also use Bug Club. These interactive books are used in classrooms, during phonics and in small guided groups. A book is selected for homework which matches the phonic focus for that week.



All classrooms have a variety of books targeted at the specific age of the children in the class. We also have a well-stocked school library which is regularly updated.



At Melbourne Infant School children are taught phonics as soon as they start in Reception. As the children move through their time at the school they will progress through the Phases.We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme across EYFS and Key stage 1. All children have a daily phonics session to teach and embed skills.

We assess children regularly on their phonetic knowledge and provide phonics intervention groups for any children who need some extra support. At the end of Year 1 the children will sit their Phonic Screening Test. The children have to read 40 words, some of the words are real and some are nonsense (alien) words e.g. blan. If the children do not achieve the pass score, then they will re-sit the test again at the end of Year 2. 


For the data of last year's Phonic Screening please see the Ofsted and Results page


Reading Intervention

Sometimes, children may need a bit of extra support with their reading. We provide this support in a variety of ways e.g. extra reading sessions, PTP, phonic booster sessions.


Reading for Pleasure

Children will have access to at least one story session every day. This normally takes place after lunch in KS1. There are a selection of books available to teachers which are recommended for children of their age group. The list of these enhancement books are shared with parents.


We have a variety of ways to foster a love for reading. We organise activities on a rolling programme. Examples of reading events include:

  • Story Menu - Every term we have a themed story menu where children can decide which story they would like to hear.
  • Breakfast with books
  • Extreme reading competition
  • Teddy bear sleepover – children bring their teddy into school to pick a book at our library
  • Book swap
  • Sponsored read
  • Donate a book
  • Mystery reader
  • Summer reading challenge

For more information about reading and phonics at Melbourne Infant School please see below to see our PowerPoint which is delivered to parents early in the Autumn term each year.