Reading and Phonics


Our school’s core purpose is to build strong foundations for a lifelong love of learning and we believe that learning to read opens up a world of rich possibilities to our pupils.  Reading can bring pleasure and feed children’s spiritual and intellectual development.  More than ever in a digital age, reading will be vital for learning at school, at home and for life.

At our school, we use a range of reading scheme books alongside a variety of high quality picture books to teach children to read and hopefully to love it, too.  We do not follow any one reading scheme.


At our school, we believe that synthetic phonics is an effective tool to help children develop early reading and writing skills. We use the government’s Letters and Sounds teaching guidance to teach phonics.

Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read and spell words.

Contact Us

Recreation Road Infant School, Recreation Road, Norwich NR2 3PA

Headteacher: Michael Bunting

Assistant Head Teachers: Sheree Brock and Susanna Manrique

Tel: 01603 457120


Zoe Smith and Jo Westgate are available in the school office to deal with your calls and queries.

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