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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School

Phonics Information

At St Barnabas and St Paul's Primary School we know how important it is for teachers and parents to work together to give your child the best start. Reading together at home is one of the easiest but most important ways in which you can help your child. To support

your child in becoming an effective and confident reader we hope to work with you to develop their knowledge of phonics (letter sounds) to enable them to decode different words they may come across. At the start of every academic year, each Reception and Keystage 1 class engages in daily phonics teaching sessions.

At St Barnabas and St Paul's we follow the Government guidance with regards to 6 phases of phonics teaching. This six phase teaching programme focuses on high quality phonic work. The Intention is to “…equip children who are 5 with the phonic knowledge and skills they need to become fluent readers by the age of 7.” By the end of Year Two children should have completed phase 6. Which phase the children should be working on is assessed by the teacher, and appropriate teaching is planned for.

For further information and resources regarding Letters and sounds please visit the link below.

Reading scheme KS1

At St Barnabas and St Paul's we use the UK's number one reading programme which gives children the very best start. With systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree's well-loved characters, breadth and unrivalled support make this a must for every school, and the new National Curriculum loves it too!

We use it to;

  • Teach - using systematic phonics resources and training that really work
  • Practice - with more decodable readers than any other reading programme

    Offer richer reading - through a huge selection of stories with children's best-loved characters

  • Bridge the gap - with support for the transition from phonics into richer reading

  • Make progress - through careful levelling

  • Support Parents - with detailed inside cover notes in every titleFor further information please visit the link below.


For our most recent phonics results please see below. You can also visit our KS1 class pages for phonics sound mats which may support your child reading and their knowledge of sounds to use at home.

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