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Phonics and Reading

Phonics and Reading


St James the Less uses a variety of resources to teach reading, including the following schemes:



Read Write Inc

Letters and Sounds

Smart Kids Phonic Resources



Oxford Reading Tree (various series)

Jelly and Bear

All Aboard (Ginn)

Phonics Bugs


National Testing at Year 1 and Year 2


Children are tested in Year 1 to see if they are at a particular standard by the end of the year.  Those children who were not at the expected standard by the end of Year 1 are retested at the end of Year 2.


Results - St James the Less performs well above the national averages


2017 -

Year 1 97% at the expected level


2016 - 

Year 1 - 90% at the expected level


2015 -

Year 1 - 86.2% at the expected level