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St Swithun's Church of England Primary Academy

Valuing individuals, aspiring and achieving together in faith

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Phonics and Early Reading Curriculum Statement


We passionately believe that teaching children to read and write independently and as quickly as possible is one of the core purposes of a primary school. These fundamental skills not only hold the keys to the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and future life chances.


We believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond and is embedded across the entire curriculum for our children.


We strive for enthusiastic and motivated readers that gain confidence in reading a wide variety of genres and text types, encouraging a love of literature and an enjoyment of reading for pleasure.



We teach children to read effectively every day across the foundation stage through to key stage 1 using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme which provides a synthetic approach to the teaching of phonics across a structured progression of 6 phases.


Pupils who are still struggling to decode and spell are identified quickly and differentiated sessions are targeted ensuring pupils continue to make good progress.


Pupils go onto deepen their phonics skills through practise in reading books, their literacy work and across the whole wider curriculum, ensuring that phonic knowledge and skills are consistently practiced and secured. Classrooms are well resourced with phonics walls and phonics tools kits which are readily available empowering pupils to independently make correct spelling choices.


We strongly believe that working in partnership with parents is key to unlocking success. We therefore also take parents on a phonics journey, offering a weekly phonics workshop where they developed key skills together which can be then shared at home.


Pupils are given the opportunity to listen to an extensive array of high quality books during ‘story time’ at the end of each school day across the whole school developing a shared love, passion and enjoyment of reading.


Drama and role-play contribute to the quality of pupils’ learning by providing opportunities for pupils to develop and order their ideas through play and trying out language they have listened to.



Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. In addition to this we ensure our children are enthusiastic and motivated readers who are inspired by literature and read for pleasure.


Throughout the teaching of Phonics, we are able to measure attainment using the Key Stage One national assessments, along with the information provided by the Phonics Screening check in Year One.


The Curriculum Leader for Phonics and Early Reading is:


Mrs Christa Mitchinson

Phonics and Early reading; our statement of intent.

Letter and Sounds Scheme of Work

Foundation Stage Phonic Info for Parents

Here are some useful links to free online phonic resources. 

Phonics Workshops

At St-Swithun’s we are proud to promote a close partnership with our parents as we know that this has a positive impact on children’s learning and the speed at which they progress. Within the foundation unit we offer weekly parent sessions where you are invited to come and join your child within their learning environment. Each week we will have a learning focus that we would like to share with you so that you can go away with the knowledge and skills to continue and extend this learning at home.

 Phase 1 Phonic Workshop Planner 


Here are some photos of the children making or painting aliens at one of our parent sessions. After creating their aliens the children then had to give them a funny alliterative name. 

Phase 2/3 Phonic Workshop Planner

Letters and Sounds booklet for parents

Our daily ‘letters and sound’ programme allows all children to explore sounds and go onto to read effectively. Discrete sessions are used as a starting point and again are embedded into the rich, playful environment which allows children to deepen their understanding apply their learning.

Phase One Phonics