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Early Reading

At Mayflower we use Bug Club's systematic synthetic programme to deliver phonics and support early reading. Bug Club is a finely levelled, phonically based online reading scheme with interactive activities. The unique learning platform combines printed books with interactive e-books.

Bug Club Phonics is a firm foundation for phonics. Combining 100% decodable books with whole‑class teaching software, the programme has been researched and developed to deliver fast results.

  • Meets 100% of the DFE criteria for teaching systematic synthetic phonics and helps children succeed in the Phonics Screening Check.
  • 180 fiction and non‑fiction books, with beautiful artwork, humour and characters that children will love, and books and topics they really want to read.
  • Every phonics book is available as an allocatable tablet-friendly e-book that can be accessed from home and includes audio narration to help with pronunciation.
  • Each lesson begins with a short animation which allows children to hear the sound pronounced correctly and see how each letter is formed, providing the perfect introduction to each phoneme.

Throughout this term, children will begin exploring Phase 1 to begin developing their phonological awareness.