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Reading and Phonics

Phonics at St Gregory's 

Please note: we are in the process of implementing a new, validated Synthetic Phonics Scheme: 'Success for All Phonics'


We are introducing this phonics scheme from September 2022 onwards - please watch this space for more information, as this section of our website is currently a 'work in progress...'


Update for Parents & Carers:

⭐ We have recently invested in a new, validated Synthetic Phonics Scheme, called 'Success for All' Phonics.


⭐ We have had lots of training and will be implementing this new approach to teaching phonics from September 2022, beginning in Early Years and then moving into Year 1 and Year 2, and beyond.


⭐ Our teachers are really excited to get started with all the new resources - and we hope that the way we teach reading and phonics in school will be EVEN BETTER than it was before! 😊


⭐ If you would like to know more about this, then please follow the link below...

In school, we follow a synthetic phonics approach, and will be using the 'Success For All' (SFA) programme for teaching phonics, from Autumn 2022 onwards


Success For All is a programme for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening from Nursery onwards. It initially lays strong foundations in both oracy and literacy starting with Nursery and Reception pupils, moving on to provide systematic teaching throughout the primary years and especially in Year 1, and into Year 2. Children work through the Six Phonics Phases systematically, from their entry to school.


The programme is based on research and has been proven to raise standards in reading and writing.


SFA provides a wide range of opportunities for children to explore and develop phonic knowledge and comprehension strategies, develop vocabulary and spelling, improve grammatical awareness, analyse whole texts and develop writing in a wide range of genres.


Typically, children will begin Phase 1 in Nursery and complete Phase 6 in Year 2. However, all children are different and not all children progress at the same rate through the phonics phases. We rigorously track children's progress in phonics, to ensure that all children make progress in reading and writing.


High quality daily phonics lessons in Early Years, through into Key Stage One and early Key Stage 2 are the fundamental basis for learning to read and write in a structured and systematic way. 


If you have any questions about phonics, your child's class teacher would be your first point of contact for advice. However, if you would like to discuss any aspect of phonics in more detail, the subject leader for phonics and early reading is Mrs Stevens.

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