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Phonics and Reading

Reading at Mill Lodge Primary School is taught using both a phonic based scheme and one involving ‘real books’, grouped using the book banding scheme.

Once the children have moved through the prescribed scheme to Lime book band level they are allowed to select text of their own to read individually from a selection within each class. Higher order skills are taught in class using books from an appropriate level.


Phonic Scheme

Floppy Phonics – Lilac to Gold bands

Big Cat Phonics and Songbirds – Red to Diamond bands


Real Books

Oxford Reading Tree

Project X – Lime to Dark Red bands

Rigby Navigator and Navigator Max

Bug Club – a series of books based on the banding system, in electronic format.


At Mill Lodge, the children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One are taught using synthetic phonics as laid out in the Letters and Sounds and Support for Spellings documents. Each phase is taught in the appropriate year group, led by either a teacher or teaching assistant. The staff in Key Stage Two continue to use the Support for Spellings document with their year groups. Alongside this all children are taught to both read and spell the Common Exception Words, as laid out in the new National Curriculum.