Curriculum Intent

At The Priory Catholic Voluntary Academy, we believe all pupils should be taught the skills required to read new words. We believe the best way to do this is through the systematic teaching of Phonics. Through effective Phonics teaching, the pupils at the Priory learn the 44 phonemes in the English language and how to blend them successfully to decode words. Pupils also learn how to segment words in order to spell them correctly.

Research shows that when Phonics is taught in a structured way – starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. It is particularly helpful for children aged 5 to 7. Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment.

We want our pupils to become lovers of reading and this is achieved through our commitment to teach daily, high-quality, discrete phonics lessons.