BerkswichCE Primary School

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Literacy (L)

  • Reading (R):
    • children read and understand simple sentences
    • they use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately
    • they also read some common irregular words
    • they demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


In Nursery and Reception, we follow the DfE 'Letters and Sounds' programme, enhanced with resources from Jolly Phonics and Big Cat Phonics. A very wide range of reading books are offered, which are book banded according to challenge; these provide variety of reading experiences, from decodable texts to those requiring a broader range of reading strategies, including sight reading.


  • Writing (W):
    • children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds
    • they also write some irregular common words 
    • they write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others
    • some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


All children in both Nursery and Reception classes engage in daily, adult-led Phonics and Literacy lessons. Teachers aim to be creative in their approach, providing child-initiated activities to develop their skills through activities, such as role-play and reading and writing areas.