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At Thornhill Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers.


The school uses the Letters and Sounds document (2007) to teach phonics and use cued articulation movements to help learn the sounds. Since 2019, Thornhill Primary School has been supported by the Springhill English Hub. The English Hub promotes a love of reading and has helped us to provide excellent teaching in phonics and early language. They have helped us to focus on supporting the slowest progress children in Early Years and Year 1 to ensure every child is successful, regardless of background, needs or abilities. 


In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 discrete phonics lessons are taught. Children are grouped according to the phase they are working at from the second term in Early Years. All of our staff have received phonics training from the English Hub to ensure they promote excellent progress for children of all abilities. 


All children participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge. All children also take part in Guided Group Reading sessions with their teacher at least once per week.


Intervention is planned for any children who are working below expected levels. Any children who still need phonics teaching in Key Stage 2 take part in a dedicated intervention programme to enable them to make progress.