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Reading and Phonics

Hillside believes firmly that a child’s ability to read is central to their success in broader life. In line with this, the Academy adopts a clear Early Reading policy which includes regular, systematic synthetic phonics lessons in line with the Letters and Sounds strategy.



We expect children to read for at least three times a week, ideally with a parent or trusted adult and we provide a Reading Record for this to be recorded in. At Hillside we want to create a love of reading, and have a half termly ‘Reading Challenge’. Please ask your child’s teacher for more information.

There is a daily reading lesson at Hillside for all children – we use a range of strategies to support our reading. These include: group reading, whole-class reading, reciprocal reading, phonics or independent reading. There is a regular focus on the development of comprehension skills. We use The Literary Leaves programme for Y2-Y6 which uses whole books, rather than extracts.


At Hillside, we use the Letters and Sounds programme to support our phonics teaching.

FS2, Year 1 and Year 2 have a daily phonic session, Spelling is taught consistently across KS 2.

Please see the link below for further information.

Phonics Meeting F2

Phonics Policy