St James Catholic

Primary School

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How is Phonics taught at Saint James' School?


The teaching of phonics begins in Reception with Jolly Phonics.  This ensures that all children learn their letter sounds and names.  This then progresses to Letters and Sounds.  Phonics is taught both as a whole class and in small groups.


As the children progress into Key Stage 1, children are streamed into different phonic phases.  For the earlier phonics stages, Letters and Sounds continues to be used as the basis of teaching.  For later phases, a wider variety of resources are used.