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The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School

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Phonics and Reading

The teaching of phonics  is a real strength of the school. Such effective practice provides pupils with the skills to sound out unknown words which will help develop their proficiency in reading. Most pupils enjoy reading. They read regularly with their teachers and at home. The books that pupils read are closely monitored by teachers, particularly at Key Stage 1.(Ofsted 2013)


We teach early reading skills (phonics) using the 'Read, Write Inc.' approach and resources but have customised this approach to meet the needs of our learners.  Children are taught phonics daily in small ability groups.  All children receive a daily Literacy lesson in addition to their phonics sessions.


In the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes, phonics takes place for half and hour each day in small ability groups based on regular assessments (approximately every 8 weeks).

Mrs L Southward is the Phonics Leader for these classes and arranges all the groups and assessments.  Mrs Southward monitors reading provision constantly and works closely with the Literacy Leader.


In Years 2-6, children who have not yet reached the required phonics reading ability, will receive phonics intervention sessions,  using the 'Read, Write, Inc.' resources and approach, for half an hour at least 4 times a week in a small group based on ability.  

The class teachers arrange this extra intervention provision and Miss Barlow (SEND Leader) completes the assessments and monitors this intervention.