Roach Vale Primary School

Roach Vale, Colchester, Essex CO4 3YN

01206 861324

Reading and Phonics

Roach Vale Primary School uses the national phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. This is taught in Key Stage 1 and into lower Key Stage 2 to support our children to develop secure early reading skills. In Year 1, there is a strong focus on ensuring our younger pupils gain the phonics knowledge and language comprehension necessary to read. This gives them the foundations for future learning. At the end of year 1, our pupils also take a Phonics Screening Check which assesses the children’s blending abilities. At Roach Vale, we pride ourselves on our strong phonic results due to our dedicated and knowledgeable staff members.

Click the links below to gain more information on this phonics programme and receive resources to support your child at home:

  Letters and Sounds Resource’ website
  'Letter and Sounds Gov’ website 

In addition to this, from years 1-6 whole-class Guided Reading sessions run throughout the week supported by Class Teachers and Learning Support Assistants (LSA). This is to ensure that our children develop their reading comprehension and fluency to give them the skills necessary to access the curriculum. At 3pm everyday, the whole school 'Drops Everything And Reads' (DEAR). We have a dedicated group of Year 6 Transformers who transform the reading experience for our younger pupils by running one-to-one reading sessions daily at 3pm in our school library.

Within our school library, we have a wide range of books that are organised by abilities, including companies such as Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Pearson Bug Club and Reading Planet. Our core reading scheme is taken from the Collins Big Cat series. 

Our school curriculum is a vocabulary rich curriculum which uses reading books as a driver for some foundation subjects eg. Geography, History and Science. Reading is prioritised at the start of these foundation stage subjects so that pupils can develop and widen their vocabulary.