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St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

Phonics and Reading


Pupils from Year R upwards use the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics curriculum. Generally speaking pupils in Year R do phases 1-4, Year 1 phases 3-5 and Year 2 phases 5-6.

This should only be considered a guide as it is dependent on each pupil indivdually.  

Phonics teaching in Year R is supported by the 'Jolly Phonics Songs'.
In Years R-2 teachers sometimes also use 'Phonics Play' resources. 


In Years R-3 (dependent on the individual child) pupils read books with coloured book bands. Please see this website for further details.

As they develop and progress as readers Year 2 pupils will start to read their own books and books from school reading areas/libraries. 


Please download the doument below to find out what the 'Age Related Expectations' (AREs) for different year groups across the school.