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Children in Reception

*Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them.

*Blend sounds into words, so that they can read short words made up of known letter-sound correspondences.

*Read some letter groups that each represent one sound and say sounds for them.

*Read a few common exception words matched to the school’s phonic programme.

*Read simple phrases and sentences made up of words with known letter–sound correspondences and, where necessary, a few exception words.

*Re-read these books to build up their confidence in word reading, their fluency and their understanding and enjoyment.

*Form lower-case and capital letters correctly.

*Spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing the sound with letter/s.

*Write short sentences with words with known letter-sound correspondences using a capital letter and full stop.

*Re-read what they have written to check that it makes sense.