As soon as the children enter school in Reception we begin formal phonics teaching using the Letters and Sounds programme. We start on phase 2 for most children and provide phase 1 experiences through provision and activities throughout the Reception year.

We supplement Letters and Sounds by using Jolly phonics when introducing new phonemes. We feel that the multi-sensory approach using the actions and songs benefits the children with both blending and segmenting.

The children all receive a reading book in the first half term of them being in school. Initially these books may be wordless but focus on the concept of telling a story. When the children are able to blend a CVC word they are moved on to a book with words.

Phonics is taught discretely through a daily session from Reception until Year 2.


At Sacred Heart School we intend for our children as readers to –

• read easily, fluently and with good understanding

• develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

• acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

We immerse children in books and reading for a range of purposes by giving children experiences of Shared reading, Guided group reading, Guided whole class reading, Individual reading.

The school uses a range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Big Cat, and other relevant books.


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