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Reading and Phonics at St Luke's

At St Luke’s we have fully embraced phonics as a key aspect of teaching children to read and write.

We start in Foundation where the children learn sounds using the ‘Jolly Phonics’ images, actions and songs. We use the Jolly Phonics to resource our application of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document which we use to plan the pace and progression of our phonics teaching through its six phases. We aim for the majority of children to be confident up to Phase 4 by the time they leave the Foundation class.

In Year One we continue to use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document to plan our phonics teaching and we aim for the majority of children to be confident up to Phase 5 by the time they leave Year One.

In Year Two we continue to use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document to plan our phonics teaching and we aim for the majority of children to be confident up to Phase 6 by the time they leave Year Two.

If children need extra support with their phonics learning we offer a range of intervention sessions and groups to help them progress further, for example, if a child does not reach Phase 6 by the end of Year 2.

In all classes we strive to plan a range of exciting hands on lessons which build on the skills needed to achieve each phase of the phonics programme.

We offer all parents an invitation to a phonics and reading meeting as their child starts at St Luke’s where we model how we teach the skills of blending and segmenting and show how parents can continue the learning at home.

If you require any extra help or just want to ask a question, please feel free to approach any of the team.

Remember – reading is a skill both parents and school need to work on together.


At St Lukes C of E Primary School we believe that reading is a life-long skill that should be taught systematically. We use daily phonics teaching as a core approach to the teaching of early reading and spelling alongside the development of reading comprehension skills and developing a love of reading in our children. We use Letters and Sounds as the core scheme.


Pre reading skills are taught in the reception class within the Communication, Language and Literacy area of learning, through daily speaking and listening activities that are well matched to the children’s abilities and interests. Children will begin to be able to discriminate sounds which will lead to them being able to name and sound the letters of the alphabet. Jolly Phonics actions are used to add a multi-sensory approach alongside continuous cursive letter formation. We encourage even our youngest children to practise their skills at home by reading picture books, telling stories with the support of an adult enabling them to develop their vocabulary. Children are also encouraged to choose books to read for pleasure – the child will look at the book and talk about the pictures whilst an adult reads the story or information to the child.


Teachers build on the foundations and children progress through the phonic phases and become confident in blending sounds to read. The children are also taught a range of strategies to support them with their independence to read a range of texts. For example: learning tricky high frequency words, using the pictures, using the context of the unfamiliar words in a sentence and reading on for meaning.


Children in Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) continue to progress through the phonic phases gaining confidence and becoming independent readers. All children are expected to read at home to an adult.  They are encouraged to re-read texts to develop their phrasing, fluency and expression.


All books throughout the school are colour banded to ensure progression and to develop the children’s vocabulary. We do not have a singular reading scheme but a range to ensure children can access a wide breath of literature form an early age. We use a combination of decodable texts from a range of accredited schemes. These are made up from: Dandelion, Songbirds, Bug Club, Fireflies, Collins BIG CAT and Rigby Star.


As children progress through the school they have more opportunities to read a widening range of texts to broaden their knowledge and understanding. For those who are becoming more fluent readers, the selection widens to include a variety of popular authors and a wide range of text types.


As well as their reading book, the children are encouraged to choose from our extensive library, they may bring home books which they cannot read alone and favourite books which they have read repeatedly (you may find that a very well loved story like this is the first one that your child learns to read independently). Reception children have a library morning session once a week to which parents are encouraged to attend and share books with their child.


We believe that children should:


  • Enjoy books and care for them
  • Talk about the books they have read
  • Read a wide variety of materials via different media
  • Unlock learning, which they will use throughout life


All children have the opportunity to read in class. These sessions, support the needs of individual pupils and develop their comprehension skills. Children reading below their age receive interventions, in small groups and 1:1 with an adult.


All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 read individually to an adult at least once a week. However, for children who require further support, extra sessions are scheduled.