Phonics & Reading

Teaching pupils to read is arguably the most important aspect of primary education, enabling children to gain insight into the powerful world of imagination and access to the full National Curriculum. Success in reading has a direct effect on the progress made in most areas of the curriculum, therefore it is crucial that we help children to develop their independence, self-confidence and motivation in reading. We aim to create “readers for life” – children who develop a love of books, who enjoy reading and read for pleasure.

At St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, reading is taught through ‘Letters and Sounds’ initially. This initiative promotes a strong and systematic emphasis on the teaching of synthetic phonics to aid the teaching and learning of reading. 

Reading is taught through modelled reading, shared reading sessions, guided reading (once per week) sessions and opportunities to practise and consolidate skills through independent reading (once per week). During these sessions, teachers/teaching assistants will use a wide range of strategies to try and enhance the teaching of reading.

We use curriculum guidance from the Statutory Framework For The Early Years Foundation Stage and the 2014 National Curriculum. These provide guidance for teachers in understanding how their children will progress through the three stages of the primary curriculum (Foundation, KS1 & KS2). Teachers assess pupils in the Foundation Stage against the ‘Early Learning Goals’ and in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 use the NTAG assessment tool, to determine children’s progression and set future targets and through statutory testing in Year 1 (Phonics test) and Years 2 & 6 end of Key Stage reading tests.

Provision is made for all children including any specific learning issues such as SEN, Gifted and Talented, gender, language and ethnicity. Additional support is given where appropriate and differentiation is applied when planning and resourcing activities. Our approach to the teaching of reading is based on the teaching, investigating and application of a wide range of strategies. We encourage confident, independent readers. For more detailed inforation please download our Reading Policy below. 

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