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Reading and stories sit at the very heart of our curriculum because our staff know that a child’s ability to read is one of the most important skills we can teach them.

We also LOVE reading to children and reading with children. It’s so important that children hear books read aloud at home and at school. Mrs Dilley is our Reading Lead and she works with the class teachers to carefully track children’s progress.

Teaching Reading


At St Clements we follow Storytime Phonics as part of our Phonics Teaching. The use of fairies and stories are a hook for our children’s learning. We begin teaching phonics in Reception; children are taught to recognise the distinct sounds (or phonemes) that go together to make up words.  Children learn to read by sounding out the individual phonemes in a word and then blending them to read a whole word.  Through our daily teaching children quickly gain confidence to tackle unfamiliar words. Alongside our teaching of phonics we also teach the children ‘tricky words’ - these are words that cannot be sounded out.

In Year 1 children take the National Phonics Screening Check in June. This involves working 1:1 with an adult (usually their class teacher) to sound out and blend a selection of real and ‘alien’ words. We run parent workshops to support parents in understanding what this entails and to look at samples of the test materials.