Roach Vale Primary School

Roach Vale, Colchester, Essex CO4 3YN

01206 861324




  • To inspire all children to become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers
  • To use effective phonics teaching to enable all children to develop into fluent readers and writers
  • To ensure the systematic teaching of synthetic phonics so that children acquire letter sounds, learn to segment words and blend sounds
  • To ensure children are equipped with the knowledge to be able to complete the phonics check at the end of Year 1
  • To build a lifelong love of reading as our pupils move through the school


Through the teaching of Letters and Sounds and supporting resources, for example Phonics Play and Twinkl Phonics, we create an environment where the children are taught the essential skills needed for reading and spelling.

Phonics is taught daily to all children in Foundation Stage and KS1 with interventions planned for those children who are working below expected levels. Extra support is provided to those in Year 2 and into Key Stage 2 where needed.

Each phonics lesson includes the following elements; Revise, teach, practise, apply, assess.

Staff systematically teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. Phonics is delivered in either whole class or small groups. Pupils have regular reading sessions with an adult where we ensure the pupils are regularly practising and applying their phonics knowledge. In the EYFS the continuous provision matches the pupil’s current knowledge and understanding whilst ensuring the children are suitably challenged.

Teachers regularly assess the pupil’s phonics knowledge using Phonics tracker. These regular assessments inform planning and allow teachers to identify any gaps in learning.

The children read books which match their current phonics level. They are encouraged to read regularly at home to ensure fluency in reading is developed. Books are chosen from our reading schemes – Big Cat Collins and Rising Stars Reading Planet books.


Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1. Children can then focus on developing fluency and comprehension throughout the school. As a result of high quality phonics provision, children make good progress from their starting points and the majority are ready for the next stage in their education. Attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1 and through regular teacher assessments. However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments.