Painsley Catholic Academy

Reading and phonics

Our approach to learning phonics in EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and KS1 (Key Stage 1) is through using Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics as well as Jolly Phonics.  We have a multisensory approach in EYFS and by using Jolly Phonics the pupils are provided with a picture, a song and an action to help them learn each different sound. This is an effective and interactive way for young learners to recall phonemes.  


Letters and Sounds provides us with games and resources to support our teaching of phonics. It aims to build pupils’ speaking and listening skills, as well as prepare pupils to learn to read, by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed programme for teaching phonic skills, with the aim of pupils becoming fluent readers by age seven.


Throughout KS1, pupils are provided with a range of fiction and non-fiction books which are regularly changed to aid progression with their reading. We use the popular and well- established Oxford Reading Tree scheme.   


As pupils move into KS2 (Key Stage 2), they continue to follow a reading scheme in order that they learn more advanced deduction and inference skills.

Our pupils learn through a creative curriculum which provides them with the skills to research a theme using a variety of non-fiction texts. 





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