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As a school we follow the Essential Letters and Sounds programme.

At Christopher Rawlins Primary School, we believe in the importance of teaching children systematic synthetic phonics as a firm foundation for reading. Being able to read most words ‘at a glance’, supports children in being free to focus on the meaning of what has been read. We combine high quality phonics teaching and the promotion of reading for pleasure and a love of books to provide our children with the skills they need to become successful lifelong readers.

To do so, we aim for all children to develop competence in word reading; promote and develop language comprehension; and ensure that throughout their time at Christopher Rawlins Primary School they experience a range of high-quality texts leading to a strong reading culture.


How We Teach Phonics

  • Follow Essential Letters and Sounds which has a four part lesson structure and teaching sequence (review, teach, practise, apply) which promotes independence, resilience and success in all our learners.

  • Teach children that phonics helps us to read and write.

  • Whole class teaching allows all children to access Quality First Teaching, catch up sessions and interventions are also provided for those children who need more practice and support.

  • Ensure that all phonics teaching is delivered with pace and passion.

  • Use 100% decodable books in phonics lessons so that children can directly apply their new knowledge and phonic skills at an appropriate level. We use a range of decodable books which have been carefully organised to match the sounds your child is learning.

  • Invite all parents to attend phonics and reading workshops to support their children with the development of their child’s phonics skills.

  • Classrooms are well resourced with phonic working walls and resources which are readily available empowering children to independently make correct spelling choices.

Link to Phonics Pronunciation Video

Helpful documents for parents 

EYFS Progression chart

Year 1 Progression chart

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 5


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