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Reading / Writing / Phonics

Key Stage 1


Phonics is a method used across many primary schools in the UK which teaches children to read quickly and skilfully.  It teaches children the 44 sounds used in the English language. Children are taught to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes and identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make and then blend the sounds together from left to right to make a word.

High Cliff Academy follows the ‘Sounds Write’ programme of teaching phonics. This programme sets out a detailed and systematic approach to the teaching of phonic skills for children, starting in the early year’s foundation stage, with the aim of becoming fluent readers by the age of seven.


Children are taught to read from when they first enter High Cliff Academy; they have an hour of English teaching every day. In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children follow the ‘Sounds Write’ phonic programme and are set for phonics. This phonics programme is an integrated synthetic phonics programme that teaches decoding and blending of words. Progress is assessed every half term. During daily whole class reading teaching sessions children are taught to apply their phonic knowledge to books as well as learn the skills of inference and deduction. Learning to read is the combination of phonic knowledge, word recognition and understanding of sentence structure. These are all strategies taught in guided reading. Children are encouraged to borrow a book from the library and to take it home to share with their parents/carers. We promote the use of a reading record for parents/carers to communicate with class teachers about the reading their child does at home.