Reading and Phonics


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 (usually around 32 marks out of 40) 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

Throughout the school, children are explicitly taught the skills of reading (outlined in the National Curriculum and the KS1 and KS2 test domains) 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.


Children in KS1 have the opportunity to read 1:1 with an adult during the week. As they move up the school, they will engage in a range of opportunities to read: within small groups with an adult, within a whole class session and, on occasions, to younger children in the school. 

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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St Bede's Catholic Primary School

Keepers Lane

Main Contact: Ms Conlon

Tel: 01606 852149