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 We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, spell accurately and have a secure understanding of grammar.
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently across a range of genres. 
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening.


At St Alfege, phonics is taught using the government published programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. Daily phonics lessons are taught in Foundation Stage and KS1. Those pupils who require further support in KS2 follow individualised programmes.

As children at St Alfege secure automatic decoding and word recognition skills, they will progress from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’ for purpose and pleasure. To achieve this, practitioners and teachers are clear about which activities are designed to teach children to acquire phonic and word recognition skills, and those that help children develop high-level comprehension skills.


Click on the following links for further information:

Letters and Sounds resources

Letters and Sounds

Listen to letter sounds here



We aim to promote a love of reading through access to a wide range of quality texts and to give children the skills to be curious, enthusiastic and critical life-long readers. 

In Foundation Stage and Year 1, early reading is supported by the use of Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club reading schemes.

Children in Years 2 to 6 participate in daily guided reading sessions. Every child has at least one session per week reading with an adult as part of a small group.  Children also participate in weekly comprehension skills lessons.

We encourage all children to read for pleasure and they are able to choose from a range of texts, these may include: quality picture books, children’s classics, newspapers, poetry books or brand new publications. We want our children to love books as much as we do!



In Foundation Stage, children are valued as early writers. They are encouraged to use mark making to enrich their play and are taught explicit writing skills in regular adult-led sessions.

In Years 1 to 6, children learn to write a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres.

Daily spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons help learners to produce technically accurate writing; these are taught alongside more creative aspects to ensure ideas are communicated effectively and legibly.

Children are encouraged to write as writers, thinking about the process of crafting a text – planning, writing, editing and publishing.

'Power of Reading’ (CLPE), ‘Talk for Writing’ (Pie Corbett) and ‘The Literacy Curriculum’ (Literacy Tree) are used to deliver the writing curriculum. 


More information can be found at the Department for Education website here.