Reading information

This page will give parents more information about reading with your child.



At Aldeburgh Primary School we use synthetic phonics.

What is synthetic phonics?

When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:

• the sounds represented by written letters,
• how to blend the sounds together to make words,
• Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading.

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llllll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word.

The link below will take you to a collection of very useful videos on how to pronounce the sounds (phonemes) we use to make words. It is really important for parents to know how to help their child read using the correct sounds so please spend some time watching the videos and ‘Say the sound’ app.

How to use phonics to help you read with your child

If you click on the link below you will find a video aimed at parents wanting to know how best to support their child with their reading. There are also many other resources linked to reading and how to pronounce the phonemes etc.




Aldeburgh Primary School uses various resources to support reading in school and we follow a National book band system which is as follows:


Oxford Reading Tree National Bands


For information about how to support your child whilst reading a book from a particular band please see, 'Reading Book Bands Explained.' This talks about Phonics Bug resources (which we also have) and the information is transferable to all book bands.