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Reading and Phonics

Song of Sounds

At Aston, we follow the Collins 'Song of Sounds' phonics programme  We learn and practise our sounds everyday applying them in practical activities and all aspects of our writing. Please click on the link for activities and ideas to complete at home:

These are the videos we use in school:

Song of Sounds Stage 1

Song of Sounds Stage 2

Song of Sounds Stage 3


Pathways to Read

Pathways to Read is a programme designed to equip pupils from Year 2 onwards with key skills to move them through the reading process towards becoming competent and fluent readers. To support this approach, clear detailed lesson plans and resources are linked to high-quality texts. 

The units are used thematically alongside our Pathways to Write units to support a whole school curriculum approach with the opportunity for topics to link across all year groups.

Key elements of Pathways to Read:

  • Six detailed units of work for each year group from Year 2 to Year 6
  • Progressive development of reading skills following a mastery approach
  • Flexible combination of whole class and grouped reading sessions
  • Progression document to support mixed-age classes
  • Inspiring and engaging texts
  • Develops reading comprehension skills through the mastery approach
  • Contributes to the development of cultural capital

Pathways to Read follows a mastery approach to learning with three categories of skills developed each half term:

    • Ongoing skills - linked to text choices and achieved through selection of teaching activities
    • Core skills - prediction, vocabulary development and retrieval
    • Mastery skills - 2-3 objectives are focused on for pupils to master over the course of the half-term

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