One of my children is in reception. She could blend and read some simple sentences in nursery as they made a good start on Jolly Phonics at nursery. The school is, in my view, progressing through new sounds at a very slow pace in reception class. This is not the case just for my daughter but for all of them. She is in the top group for phonics ( a few of them in reception join up with some of the children from year 1 for phonics). They use some Read Write Inc materials and children from reception, year 1 and year 2 are split up into phonics groups. It doesn't happen daily - if a member of staff is away it does not happen. I can see from my daughter's "sound book" which new sounds she has been taught at school since January when she started going to the phonics group with some year 1 children. These sounds are ay, igh, ow (as in blow the snow), oo, and or - five sounds in total since January. A decodable reading scheme book comes home once a week (from a different reading scheme) and this book is behind where she is in the sounds learned at school. I think that in the first term of reception she covered at school what she had already done in JP at nursery ( all the single letter sounds, and sh, th, ng,nk, ch, and qu). I'm not bothered about my daughter's ability to read as I am filling in the gaps at home .... thanks to help from this website I've purchased good phonics material and have pressed on at home with new sounds, more complex words, multisyllable words etc, and have got to the point where she can (slowly but enjoyably) read some interesting decodable fiction and non-fiction (approx bookband 5 - green). We need to practise high frequency words now. But it does concern me that I have had to go so far away from what is happening at school. But my child wants to be able to read properly - she keeps asking me how long it will take before she can read well enough to read a Roald Dahl book she particularly wants to read. If I kept along with the school method I cannot see when it would come to an end at the current pace. Also, I resent my child going to compulsory full-time and school but having to spend time on the basics at home. What would you advise (lots of different opinions welcome please, but don't shoot me down please!!). I have tried asking the teacher and the headteacher ...... tactfully along the lines of what can I do at home to help, is there a reason why my daughter can't progress a little faster at school etc, but have not got anywhere. If I knew it was just that the school like to take an extremely gentle ride in reception and enjoy books in general before focussing on really learning to read that would be fine - but via the phonics group I am getting a feel of the pace in year 1 too - and it's starting to concern me. There are plenty of able children in the class so pace shouldn't be a problem. Other parents do secret stuff at home too. Is this all normal, or am I right to feel a bit bothered about it?