English – Phonics and Reading

“Reading and writing float on a sea of talk” – James Britton









Our pupils benefit from our Pets As Therapy (P.A.T) dog Merlin, who frequently comes for a visit to listen to the children read.

Research shows that children can become nervous and stressed when reading to others in a group. However, when a PAT Dog enters the group, they often become less stressed, less self-conscious and more confident as the dogs are non-judgemental. Before long children look forward to the reading experience as they are going to read to their new friend. PAT Dogs provide comfort, encourage positive social behaviours, enhance self-esteem, motivate speech and inspire young people to have fun.

Intent statement: Why we do what we do

Implementation – How do we do it?

Impact – How do we know we have learnt it?

Progression of knowledge

Progression of knowledge and skills


Accelerated reader parent guide

Reading at Tilstock

Pets as Therapy – Read2Dogs – Merlin

How can I help my child at home?

Read Write Inc

Phonics films for parents

Reading at Key Stage 1

Reading at Key Stage 2

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