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Phonics and Reading


Letters and Sounds is a resource we use in school to support the systematic teaching of phonics, which takes place daily in Key Stage One. 

The programme is split into six Phases. Your child's class teacher will be able to tell you the Phase your child is working at.

Below you will find links to pages for each Phase. For each Phase there is a brief explanation of what your child will be taught within that Phase. There is then a selection of 'flash cards', record sheets, reading lists and games to support your child in learning the key skills taught within the Phase.

If you require any additional support or advice, please come into school and speak with your child's class teacher or our Literacy Leader, Mrs Mullins.


Hear Each Letter Sound

Parents often ask how to 'say' each letter sound that we teach. Click on the link below to find out.




Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check is a national check of children's phonic knowledge that all children in England are required to complete. The check takes place during one week in June (the DFE inform schools when this will be). This year it will take place week commencing 8th June 2020.

The check requires children to read a list of forty words to their teacher. This is done 'one to one' in a quiet place. The results of the check are reported to families at the end of Year 1 (along with your child's annual report).

A threshold is set each year. Children who do not meet the threshold will be provided with extra support in Year 2. They will then take the check again at the end of Year 2 and the result will, again, be reported to families.

An example of the check published by the Department for Education can be viewed below.

Example Screening Check



Phase 1   Phase 2   Phase 3
Phase 4   Phase 5   Phase 6



At St Bede’s, we are passionate about developing enthusiastic and confident readers who can understand a wide range of texts. Reading at St Bede’s is a core skill that underpins our whole curriculum. We know that learning to read, and reading to learn, is the foundation for future success. We recognise the importance of this academic skill and we want to ensure that every child leaves us by the end of Key Stage 2 a competent reader. 


What reading looks like at St Bede's

We follow a Mastery approach to English through the programme Pathways to Read. Units of work are delivered using high quality texts and children in all year groups are given varied opportunities for reading. Skills are built up through repetition within the units, and children apply these skills in the reading activities provided.  

We deliver one whole class shared reading lesson per week from years 2-6 with bespoke grouped reading for every pupil at least once a week as well as individual reading. For pupils still needing support with phonics from years 2-6, we provide an individual reading programme that has phonically decodable texts at the heart of it. In our shared and grouped reads, there is a clear teaching focus with the opportunity to master key reading skills in each session. There are follow on reading tasks to enable pupils to evidence the skills they have mastered independently.

Many opportunities for widening children’s vocabulary are given through the Pathways to Read approach and this builds on the extensive work we do in school to provide our children with a rich and varied vocabulary.  

You will find the end of year expectations for reading for each of our year groups in the attached documents. For further detail on the skills that your children are learning on a termly basis, please contact your class teacher.

We also use Pathways to Write to drive our writing curriculum. This aligns with Pathways to Read ensuring meaningful links for our pupils with texts and topics that are used across Literacy, Humanities and Science.


Pupils are also taught the skills of reading through the use of VIPERS. 

The reading VIPERS differ slightly between Key Stages - the main difference being the S.

KS1- Sequence 

KS2 - Summarise

In KS1, 'Explain' is not one of the content domains, rather it asks children why they have come to certain conclusions, to explain their preferences, thoughts and opinions about a text.

All children have a reading record/diary to record their reading in and it is expected that all children read regularly with an adult at home to support thier reading. 


Reading with your child at home 

Lots of parents ask what texts are suitable for their child to read at home. All types of texts are useful to develop your child's comprehension skills: newspapers, comics, poetry, fiction books and non fiction books, but it is good to make sure they read a range of different types. The link below takes you to a brilliant site that suggests suitable books for each year group as well as for reluctant readers.   

Children's Book Reviews, Recommendations and Free Opening Extracts ...




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Keepers Lane, Weaverham,
Northwich, Cheshire

Main Contact: Ms Conlon

01606 852149


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