St James Catholic

Primary School

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How is Phonics taught at Saint James' School?


The teaching of phonics begins in Reception using the Letters and Sounds approach through  Jolly Phonics. By the end of the Reception year children should be competent with phase 3 sounds and some able to read phase  4 and phase 5.


During Year 1, children revisit phase 3 phonics daily, learning  how to use the sounds to spell words, as their independent writing progresses. Children in Year 1 are supported within smaller group settings to ensure those struggling to remember sounds have access to more practice. 


Children in Year 2 who struggle to pass the Phonics Screening Test are given 1:1 support sessions.