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We are a happy, family school with strong Christian values. We all work together to promote a love of learning where children succeed and reach their full potential. We hope you enjoy your visit.Hanley Swan Primary School is part of the Hanley and Upton Educational Trust

Learning to read

At Hanley Swan C of E Primary School, learning to be a successful reader is a priority throughout the school and it all begins in class 1. Through daily phonics sessions (see Read, write, inc page), the children acquire the skills to blend within the first few weeks. They develop their blending through the year until they become fluent readers. Alongside phonics and blending, the children will also developing comprehension skills.


We teach reading in a variety of ways. Here is a brief outline...

1. Daily phonics/Read, write, inc sessions with books matched to phonic knowledge.

2. Weekly library session and self chosen library books.

3. Regular reading at home with a reading level matched book chosen by the child.

4. Weekly one to one reading session using books closely linked to the phonics skills.

5. Daily whole class/small group story time with a focus on enjoyment of stories and comprehension.

6. The use of Alphablocks to support blending of newly acquired phonic knowledge.

What is phonics?

Get a definition of phonics and understand the key aspects of learning to read using phonics. Learn more about key terms such as 'phonemes', 'blending' and 'tricky words'.

How to support phonics learning at home

Understand learning to read using phonics and how to put reading with phonics into practice at home with Emily Guille-Marrett and her son Albie.

Julia Donaldson's top reading tips

Author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, shares her top tips for reading with your child to make sure they get the best start with learning to read, including advice on enjoying reading together and acting out stories, as well as the importance of rhyming stories for children who are just learning to read.

Supporting your child's reading comprehension

Understand how to develop your child's comprehension as they learn to read with tips from Emily Guille-Marrett.