Focus on the early learning goal (ELG) for literacy
For word reading, pupils at the expected level of development will:
- Say a sound for each letter of the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs
- Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending
- Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words
Group pupils based on ability
It’s likely that pupils in the EYFS will be working at a range of abilities. Use differentiated groups with reading material suited to each group’s ability.
Teachers could then discuss the story in these groups while also doing some phonics work (if appropriate).