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Phonics and Reading



At Thornton Primary School we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics programme. More details can be found on the website below. 'Letters and Sounds' goes through 6 phases which children will primarily focus on in the Foundation Stage and KS1.

Reading schemes


At Thornton Primary School we have a range of reading books which the children use as 'home reading books'. These schemes include Collins Big Cat, Rigby Rockets, Oxford Reading Tree and Oxford Reading Project X. We also encourage children to borrow books from our school library and read a variety of their own books at home. Within school we also have sets of books which we use for 'Guided Reading'. Guided Reading involves a group of children with a similar reading ability working with an adult within school. Within these groups we will focus on the skills of reading including decoding and comprehension of a text.


Please click on the link below to find a list of books you may have at home or can find in a library that have been 'banded'.


Useful Phonics Websites for Thornton Parents

a selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. Mostly simple games.

a great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds.

printable resources for each of the Letters and Sounds phonic phases, also links to games aligned with each phase.

Letter names come up in alphabetical order

Activities for all phases

Phonic game with choice of difficulty (some HFWs, some vowel blends, very varied)


Make any words with this useful game.

sounds Useful page which demonstrates pronunciation of all sounds

Home and library banded books