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Sacred Heart RC Primary School

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Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding in English.


We do this through providing the children with a wide range of activities which encourage

Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.


Pupils are provided with opportunities to apply these skills across other curriculum areas.



Phonics is taught predominantly in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. The children are introduced to phonics when they start Reception. When they move into Year One and Year Two we teach daily phonic lessons. The children are split into small groups and are taught phonics for 20 mins every day. In school, we use a number of resources to support the learning and teaching of phonics, including Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play.



Our children are encouraged to share books with a grown up from a very early age. When they arrive at school, there will be lots of opportunities to read and share books with others.

To support their learning, the children will bring new books home to share with their grown ups.


We try very hard to make reading as accessible as possible. As a result, our schools subscribe to Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress. This is an interactive website where the children can access a range of phonic, e books and reading activities. Each child has their own password and they can access the site both in school and at home.