Phonics, Reading and Spelling

Developing a love of reading is a key priority for all of our children at North Road Community Primary School.  

From September 2021, we are trialling a new phonics program in EYFS and KS1, working with the developers at All Aboard Learning, called All Aboard Phonics. This is a systematic synthetic phonics programme, which is delivered in a discrete daily lesson and then practised through out the day.  Children learn phonemes, digraphs, split digraphs and trigraphs through actions and rhymes, during interactive and fun lessons.  

We use a range of reading schemes and phonically decodable texts to support children’s reading development.

Children are encouraged to read to an adult daily, as part of their home learning.  Adults are then encouraged to ask comprehension questions about the text using the prompts on the child’s personalised bookmark.  Each read is logged in the child’s Reading Diary and counted towards a Reading Award. These range from bronze to platinum and are rewarded with certificates, bag tags, medals, pin badges, trophies and book tokens. 

Children visit the school library weekly to borrow books to further develop their love of reading.

Each classroom has a book area from which additional books can be borrowed.  In addition, each classroom has a teacher’s bookshelf where teachers display, promote and share their favourite texts or newly released titles.

Children can also choose to read at break times and lunchtimes, choosing a book from the outdoor book shed and relaxing in the Reading Tepee.  At every opportunity, we encourage children to read for pleasure.

At North Road Community Primary School, we work in partnership with five other schools, as part of The Domino Alliance, to support each other in providing the very best learning opportunities for all of our pupils.  As part of The Domino Alliance, the English Subject Leaders worked together to provide a bank of resources to support parents with their child’s learning in Reading.  These can be found on The Domino Alliance website and by following the link below.

Spelling Shed

Spelling Shed is our chosen platform for pupils to practice weekly spelling patterns and keywords.  Each pupil has a unique log on through which personalised spelling lists are set.  The spelling lists are also sent home on the class newsletter at the start of the term.

Learning and practising spellings also forms part of the weekly home learning expectations.

Useful information – Reading

Below are the 100 high frequency words, in phases.
Phonetically decodable words are in green, to visually represent that these words require phonic knowledge and skills, whereas the high frequency ‘tricky words’ are in red.

Phase 2
Decodable words Tricky words
a had the
an back to
as and I
at get no
if big go
in him into
is his  
it not  
of got  
off up  
on mum  
can but  
dad put (north)  


Phase 3
Decodable words Tricky words
will see you he
that for they she
this now all we
then down are me
them look my be
with too her was



Phase 4
Decodable words Tricky words
went said were
it’s have there
from like little
children so one
just do when
help some out
  come what



Phase 5Note that some of the words that were tricky in earlier phases become fully decodable in Phase 5
Decodable words Tricky Words
don’t day oh
old made their
I’m came people
by make Mr
time here Mrs
house saw looked
about very called
your put (south) asked


Useful Links

First 100 High Frequency Word List –

Second 100 High  Frequency Word List –

Year 3_4 Spelling List

Year 5_6 Spelling List

National Curriculum Spelling Document – English-Appendix-1-Spelling.pdf