Reading and Phonics at St Bede’s

At St Bede’s we aim to instill a passion for books and foster a real love for reading right from the start. We do this by ensuring that a range of colourful and exciting texts are available within each class. All classrooms have welcoming book corners containing books that reflect the interests of the children within the class and the topics that we are learning. We centre our literacy lessons where possible on exciting key texts and children have guided reading in small groups twice a week.


At St Bede’s, we follow the Sounds-Write programme of phonics. All children have 20 minutes focused phonics teaching everyday. Children are split into groups which are pitched at their level. Teachers make phonics sessions engaging and fun by using a wide range of resources and games to ensure all children are involved.

Details of Reading Scheme (Rigby Star Guided)

Rigby Star Guided is a guided reading scheme for Foundation and KS1. It is built specifically for guided reading with rich, multi-layered stories and non-fiction texts by top quality authors and illustrators, guaranteed to captivate children and facilitate discussion.
The scheme is made up of engaging fiction and motivating non- fiction books, which ensures we can choose the right book at the right level for all our guided reading groups.

Spellings at St Bede’s


In Year 1, spelling is taught alongside reading through the Sounds-Write phonics programme. We used a range of strategies to teach spelling including ‘sounding out’ phonetically plausible words (segmenting spoken words into individual phonemes) and learning common exception words by daily exposure to these to embed them in pupils’ long-term memories.

At this stage, pupils will be spelling some words in a phonetically plausible way, even if this means they are spelt incorrectly. We follow the National Curriculum which expects pupils to be able to spell: – words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught – common exception words – the days of the week.

Pupils are taught how to add simple prefixes such as -un and suffixes including: –s or –es, –ing, –ed, –er and –est. Pupils are taught the names of the letters of the alphabet and the order of the alphabet. They can then use these letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound.


In Year 2, spelling is taught alongside reading through the Sounds-Write phonics programme. As in Year 1, we used a range of strategies to teach spelling including ‘sounding out’ and rote learning common exception words. Once the Sounds-Write is completed, we begin to move towards more word-specific knowledge of spelling, including homophones.

At this stage children’s spelling should be phonically plausible, even if not always correct. They cover a range of spelling skills including: – spelling more words with contracted forms – the possessive apostrophe (singular) [for example, the girl’s book] – distinguishing between homophones and near-homophones Pupils learn how to add further suffixes including: –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly