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St Dennis

Primary Academy

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How we match books to phonic ability

How we match children's reading books to their phonic ability at St Dennis Primary Academy


  • Pupils are formatively assessed daily in phonics as well as half termly using the RWI assessments. Individuals are assessed more often if the need arises. These assessments inform which decodable books match children's phonic ability.
  • Reading books are checked daily and changed according to the RWI policy (two or three RWI decodable books per week in order to develop fluency).
  • Accelerated Reader is used once children have completed RWI.  Instead of being a ‘free reader’, they are directed to choose books within their ZPD level as their individual reading book. This is informed by STAR Reading tests and teacher assessment every half term (and more often if required).
  • The Reading Champion and teaching staff use information from STAR Reading Test, comprehension quizzes and reading ages to ensure that children are reading within the correct reading band and making progress. There are a range of difficulties and interest levels for children to choose from.
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  • Carne Hill, St Dennis, Saint Austell
  • PL26 8AY
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St Dennis Primary Academy is part of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 08880841. Registered address: Academy House, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro, Cornwall. TR4 9LD