Phonics and Reading Intent

At Furze Infants, we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers. We value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers.  We believe reading is key for academic success. Phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Through daily, systematic and consistent high-quality phonics teaching, children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words.

In EYFS and KS1 we use the approved government scheme Phonics Bug. At Furze Infant we intend to develop the children’s phonological awareness, ability to segment and blend words and read tricky words by sight in order to become fluent readers.

Aims of phonics programme:

  • Deliver high-quality phonic teaching which secures the crucial skills of word recognition that, once mastered, enable children to read fluently and automatically enable them to concentrate on the meaning of the text
  • To establish consistent practice, progression and continuity in the teaching and learning of phonics and spelling throughout the school
  • To support pupils with targeted, differentiated phonics and spelling work, in addition to the whole class teaching, so that all children are given sufficient support to progress and experience challenge at a level at which they can succeed.
  • To give children word work strategies that will enable them to become fluent readers and confident writers

At Furze Infant School, we believe that all young children should have access to as many fantastic books as possible. 

Please check out the links below to find books that are recommended for children to have experienced by the end of their year group. If you would like to buy them, you can find links to purchase them on the links too. 






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Year 2...


Bug Club:

Furze Infant subscribes to Bug Club which enables all children and adults to have access to an online platform . Bug Club is our  reading program in addition to other books we have in school such as Oxford Reading Tree, to help us develop confident and motivated readers. It combines over 500 finely levelled books with interactive eBooks and an online reading world – enabling our teachers to allocate books to individual pupils for home reading and which will assess their progress instantly.


At Furze, we have DEAR Time (DROP EVERYTHING AND READ) to encourage the love of reading and promote discussion about characters and stories. At a fixed time the school community drops everything and reads.


Reading Guidance for Parents: 


Reading Buddies: 

Peer mentoring is a powerful, underused tool in schools. One study suggests that partnering with  peers can have a positive influence on a child's learning, and children who are older, more capable readers can be these peers for young children. 

With this in mind Furze introduced Reading Buddies, pairing Year 2 pupils and Nursery pupils. Our Y2 children visit our school nursery to read with the younger ones on a regular basis. This has proved quite successful and is enjoyed by both sets of children.