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Phonics & Reading 

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



Read Write Inc (this is our main phonics scheme)


EYFS and KS1 - Read Write Inc - Storybooks

Oxford Reading Tree (various series)

Jelly and Bear

All Aboard (Ginn)

Phonics Bugs

Accelerated Reader (KS2)


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.


2023 Phonic Screening

Year 1 Summer 2023 - 83.3% at the expected standard

Year 2 Summer 2023 - 93.3% at the expected standard

Any child not at the expected standard will receive additional phonics sessions, including when they move into Key Stage 2

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