Leamington Hastings

Church of England Academy

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The school uses an adjusted structure of letters and sounds to teach phonics.  In nursery and reception we also use Jolly Phonics to support the children’s learning.

Children’s phonics knowledge is assessed termly in order to inform teachers planning and to check all children are making progress. 

All children take home reading books from reception onwards, with some children doing so in the nursery if we consider them ready.  The school has a wide range of books which are matched to a child’s level of phonics understanding.  Our books come from a range of reading schemes, including Oxford Reading TreePearson Bug ClubCollins Big Cat and Oxford University Project X.


In year 1 children take part in the national phonics screening.  Children are asked to read forty words, some of which are ‘non-words’.  The expected level is to get thirty-two out of forty correct.  Children who did not reach that level, take the phonics screening again a year later.