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Teaching your child to read is one of our top priorities at Park Community Academy. The ability to read underpins learning in all other areas of the curriculum. We want our pupils to be able to read for pleasure and also to be able to participate fully in their lessons and acquire greater independence in later life. However, learning to read is hard work!  At PCA, we believe it is necessary that we give the children time to acquire this vital new skill along with lots of praise and patience.


PCA follows the synthetic phonics scheme Rapid Phonics. It is designed to help children with SEN catch up on their phonetical knowledge and understanding through short and snappy lessons which have been specifically designed to keep them engaged with speaking and listening games, blending sounds and interactive stories that coincide with the focus sounds.

The Rapid phonics scheme is used from KS1 up to KS5 to ensure consistency and routine throughout. Children are streamed into groups to support the teaching of phonics at their ability. Phonetic sounds are introduced in a specific order and children are assessed termly to track their progress in phonics and reading.

At PCA there are a wide range of reading books to support the teaching of phonics including decodable Rapid Phonics books that coincide with the lessons, Oxford Reading Tree and Dandelion books. Electronic books are also allocated to children through their phonics and class teachers using active primary (bug club) and rapid phonics.  Each child receives their own password and log in and can access these on mobile devices in school and at home.

Phonics and Reading