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Reading, Synthetic Phonics and Reading Schemes

 “pupils who are still struggling to decode need to be taught to do this urgently through a rigorous and systematic phonics programme so that they catch up rapidly with their peers. If they cannot decode independently and fluently, they will find it increasingly difficult to understand what they read and to write down what they want to say.”

(National Curriculum 2014)


At St Cecilia’s Junior School, we believe that it is essential that any pupils entering the Juniors with poor decoding skills are taught through a rigorous and systematic phonics programme so that they catch up rapidly with their peers in terms of their decoding and spelling. We strive to ensure by the end of year 6, pupils’ reading and writing should be sufficiently fluent and effortless for them to manage the general demands of the curriculum in year 7, across all subjects and not just in English.


Our aims for teaching phonics

If children are to develop as competent readers and writers, it is vitally important that they have a secure knowledge and understanding of the letter sounds and systems of the English language.


●To close any gaps in the children’s knowledge and application of phonics.

To ensure that our children develop as competent readers and writers.

●To equip the children with a secure knowledge of the letter sounds and spelling system of the English language.

●To develop their phonic skills in a systematic way.

●To establish consistent practice, progression and continuity in the teaching and learning of phonics in Key Stage 2.


   Teaching and Learning

  • We make the teaching and learning of phonics a priority within year 3/4.
  • We provide training and support for staff.
  • We deliver high quality, systematic Phonics sessions, following the Letters and Sounds document.
  • We deliver discrete 20 minutes Phonics lessons 4 days per week.
  • We ensure lessons are active, and well paced thus ensuring the engagement of all children.
  • We provide high quality resources, including games which are used particularly effectively in Revisit and Review and Apply.
  • We support Letters and Sounds using resources from Bug Club, Phonics Play and any other additional resources the class teacher considers best support the needs of the children in years 3 & 4.
  • We use multi-sensory approaches which take account of different learning styles including visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.
  • Tricky words and spellings are sent home once they are taught in school.
  • Any child who does not achieve phase 5 by the end of year 3, is tracked and intervention is put in place.





Reading feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.’

(National Curriculum 2014)


We want our children to be enthusiastic readers who by the end of their primary education, are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.

As a school we plan and teach to meet or exceed the Statutory requirements laid out in the New National Curriculum 2014.

To be ‘secondary ready’ at the end of Key Stage 2, we provide:

Class Reads

Below is a breakdown of what books each class will read throughout the year.  Teachers will read, discuss and evaluate the texts and provide opportunities for the children to write based on themes brought up by each book.


Readathon 2018

In November 2018, we celebrated reading in our school with each class taking part in special activities.  We had members of our local community, governors, parents and Father Dominic in school reading to children.  Our reading ambassadors went to Alder Hey to read with some children there in what was a wonderful experience for all involved.  Two lucky children from each class attended a Lewis Carroll celebration afternoon where they discussed some of his books, watched Alice in Wonderland and had a Mad Hatters Tea Party of their own.  In the coming weeks, we hope to have the Book Bus on site for children and parents to purchase books for Christmas while we also have a special guest, boxer Callum Smith, lined up to take part in 'Desert Island Books'.  We extend our thanks to all who were involved both adults and children alike, thank you very much.

Lewis Carroll Afternoon

We recently celebrated Lewis Carroll afternoon.  The children were invited to stay after school in fancy dress to read extracts from his works while also seeing his writing in film form.  The children were treated to cakes and sweets and everyone had a wonderful time.  Thank you to everyone involved.

Reading Ambassadors
Click on the links to find out about our reading ambassadors.  They promote reading within their classrooms and around the school.  We are very proud of them and very grateful for the fabulous job they do.
Reading Ambassadors Assembly

Reading Buddies

Our Reading Buddies from Year 6 read with some of our Year 3 children every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. They collect their buddy and go to one of our many reading stops around the school. They read and discuss the story together. The year 6 children love this responsibility because they enjoy helping the younger children read.

Library Timetable






Tuesday @ 12:45





Tuesday @ 1:05





Monday @ 12:45





Monday @ 1:05





Wednesday @ 9:00





Wednesday @ 10:30





Tuesday @ 9:15





Thursday @ 10:45


Lunchtime Library Timetable


Years 3 & 4


Tuesday @ 12:00




Years 5 & 6


Thursday @ 12:45

Readathon 2017

This week, we have been celebrating reading in school, the children have had memorable lessons on reading while spending time with their teachers. We've had guests in school reading to the children including governors, members of the clergy and Leanne and Dave from Radio City's Breakfast Show. Our intention was twofold; to promote reading and to raise money as part of a Readathon. The money which was donated by children on Thursday as they dressed as their favourite book character will go to replenishing libraries in children’s wards of hospitals. On Wednesday, some of our year five children went to Alder Hey to see the children and read with them - It was truly heart-warming experience. We wish to thank everyone involved in our reading week: children, visitors and teachers alike. We hold reading very dear in Saint Cecilia's and we will continue to do what we can to promote a love of books for our children.


Reading club had a wonderful trip to the Storybarn in Calderstones park this week! The children read books, got dressed up and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

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