St Cuthbert and The First Martyrs' Catholic Primary School a Voluntary Academy

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Early Reading & Phonics


Phonics – The Floppy’s Phonics scheme is used and followed throughout EYFS and KS1, taught in whole classes and using targeted interventions to enable pupils to keep up or catch up. Reading books are closely matched to this scheme until pupils are fluent with decoding words. The children then move onto reading a wider selection of texts through the Oxford Reading Tree, later progressing onto ‘free readers’ which can be chosen from the comprehensive selection of books available in the school library. This is all monitored closely through Accelerated Reader as well as through regular reading with adults in school and at home. Alongside the reading ‘scheme’, pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and from an early age regularly take home books from the library or class reading areas so they can share them with parents and other adults.  


The English curriculum at St Cuthbert’s is based around high quality texts, as promoting the enjoyment of literature is of paramount importance to us. The long term plan for each year group identifies the text types and whole class texts to be focused on throughout the year to ensure full coverage and balance (see 'Strand 3 - A Knowledge Rich Curriculum').


Reading comprehension is taught through whole class reading lessons, as well as through 1:1 and small group reading where appropriate. Pupils are taught how to write like a reader and read like a writer, using excellent model texts in order to develop their understanding of language and acquire a broad range of complex vocabulary.