We believe that the teaching of phonics is fundamental to the development of early reading skills. At St Saviour’s C of E Academy phonics is taught in a systematic way. Our daily phonic sessions are based on the DfE Letters and Sounds Publication (2007) incorporating Jolly Sounds and the 2014 English National Curriculum requirements. We use a range of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities to promote speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending.

Letters and Sounds

National Curriculum in England Programmes of Study


At St Saviour’s C of E Academy, teaching children to read is a key part of our curriculum. We value the importance it has on enabling children to access the whole curriculum and strive to promote a love of reading throughout the school. As your child moves through the school, their reading experiences will change to reflect the increasing level of texts they will read. The following points outline the structures in place.

  • A banded reading book linked to your child’s reading ability will be sent home for you to enjoy some reading time at home with your child. This should be recorded in your child’s reading log.
  • Children are exposed to class reads and oral storytelling to help expand their knowledge.
  • Reading books and activities are available throughout the day for your child to access.
  • KS 1 and KS 2 children will have a daily guided reading session where they complete a mixture of teacher led and skills based reading activities. Their progress in reading is assessed, monitored and recorded during these sessions.

Pupils have access to a variety of reading schemes including Rigby Star, Rigby Rocket, Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat Collins.