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FFT Success for All Phonics

At Homefield, we understand that phonics is the most effective way of teaching children to read and write.

We use a programme called FFT Success for All Phonics which is a complete systematic, synthetic phonics programme that has been validated by the Department for Education

We chose this programme as it engages children, through clearly planned, progressive, achievable goals that allow all children to succeed.

Progression of Phonics

The colours and numbers shown in the 'Shared Readers' column, now correlates with children's home reading books. If you have any questions about reading at home, please ask your child's class teacher or scroll down for useful links.

Example of a weekly Phonics plan for Reception:

Example of a weekly Phonics plan for Yr 1/2

Parent Portal

For ways to support your child with their phonics learning, please explore the FFT parent portal.

The page titled ‘Tips for Home Reading’ has some excellent resources on how to pronounce phonemes, share a book together and ask relevant questions.

For direct access to videos to support with pronunciation: 

Children that are in KS2, who need further support with their phonics will be part of discrete phonics sessions delivered to small groups.


CUSP Reading

We have adopted the CUSP Reading Currculum. Our Reading Curriculum is deliberately designed to be ambitious and aspirational, ensuring that every child leaves our school as a competent, confident reader. Drawing on the latest research around explicit vocabulary instruction, reading fluency and key comprehension strategies, this curriculum is a synthesis of what we know works in helping children make outstanding progress in reading.

Pupils will receive a daily diet of excellent reading teaching and this will be supplemented by regular opportunities to engage with shared reading experiences, promoting the joy of reading with the whole school community. The clear structure and principles ensure that teaching is progressive, challenging and engaging and the rich, diverse literature spine acts as both a mirror so that every child can see themselves in the core texts and as a mirror to engage pupils with experiences beyond their own field of reference.

Year Group Core Texts

The reading teaching focus in Year 1 will remain with FFT phonics, children will visit these texts in class during writing sessions.

Year 1 

Beegu -  Where the Wild Things Are - The Storm Whale - Aesop’s Fables - The Owl and the Pussycat- The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Look Up! - Here We Are - Chocolate Cake! Michael Rosen - There's a Rang Tang in My Bedroom - And tango makes three - The Lion Inside - The Proudest Blue

Year 2 

Grandad’s Island - Mrs Noah’s Pockets - Paddington - The Christmas Pine (Julia Donaldson) - The Quangle Wangle’s Hat - Coming to England - The Street Beneath my Feet - The Rhythm of the Rain - Little People, Big Dreams David Attenborough - Fantastically Great Women who changed the World - Fantastic Mr Fox

Year 3

Greta and the Giants - The Pebble in my Pocket - Leon and the Place Between - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Sam Wu is Not Afraid of the Dark - Operation Gadgetman - The Dancing Bear - The Magicians Nephew

Year 4 

The Queen’s Nose - The Boy at the Back of the Class - The Raven - Young, Gifted and Black - The Wind in the Willows - Varjak Paw - The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

Year 5 

Shackleton’s Journey - Secrets of a Sun King - A Midsummer Night’s Dream - I Am Not A Label - Boy in the Tower - The Explorer - Five Children and IT

Year 6

Rooftoppers - Skellig - Pig Heart Boy - How to Live Forever - All Aboard the Empire Windrush - The Island - Oliver Twist - Dare to be You

Reading for Pleasure

At Homefield, we aim for our pupils to develop a love of reading and a rich and deep understanding of language. 

All children have access to our school library. Children are able to take a library book, in addition to their reading book. Children can choose any book from the library, which may be beyond or below their reading ability. This is a book they can enjoy reading, or listening to. Children may be guided by an adult if they are struggling to find a suitable book. 

In addition to this, adults in school bring reading to life in the classroom daily, through our class reader books. Class books are carefully selected to expose children to high quality texts, a wide range of genres and rich vocabulary. 

To find out what book your child is reading in class, check your half termly curriculum map. 


Boom Reader 

At Homefield, we expect children to read at home at least four times a week. We keep a record of home reads on Boom Reader, where parents can quickly log in on any device that connects to the internet, share feedback with school and not worry about losing a reading record! 

Boom reader gives children opportunities to win rewards as they read. Our children love collecting gems! 

Boom Reader results are shared in our celebration assembly on a Friday.  Children who are reading four times a week, are helping their class to earn new books. Please record your child's home reads-every read counts! 

Click here to log in, or press the 'parents' tab on this link to download the app!


EYFS children exploring themes from the story 'Room on the Broom'