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St Joseph's

Catholic Primary School

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Phonics and Reading

Phonics Scheme

At St Joseph's, we follow Essential Letters and Sounds as our phonics scheme.   Essential Letters and Sounds is a Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programme, validated by the Department for Education.  By distilling Letters and Sounds to its purest form, we can ensure every phonics lesson is taught to the highest standard.   Essential Letters and Sounds enables all children to read well quickly.   Our phonetically decodable books are all aligned to the phonics taught in Essential Letters and Sounds.

Reading Books


For pupils in Reception and Year 1, they will have reading books matched to their phonic ability and the phonics being taught in class.  This continues for any pupil in Year 2, who continues to require phonics teaching.  From Year 2 onwards, pupils read books that are banded into different levels of content and difficulty of words.