John Keble CofE Primary School

Faith In Learning

Head of School: Paul O'Brien

Reading Schemes and Phonics (KS1)


We teach phonics in Year R with a multi-sensory approach and follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. We use ‘Cued Articulation’ signs alongside the teaching of individual letter sounds to help the children hear and say each sound. This is a well-recognised methodology used by Foundation Stage practitioners and speech therapists. ‘Cued Articulation’ was devised by a speech therapist Jane Passy. Each sound has a sign showing where and how the sound is made in the mouth. For more information about this, click on the following link:

We use this in conjunction with starting the phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. This programme sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. The teaching of more complex sounds will be supported using actions from the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme. Your child’s teacher will be able to tell which phase your child is working on; you can access some useful games and practice exercises by clicking on the following link:

In Year 1 and Year 2, we continue to follow the Letters and Sounds programme.


When learning to read, children and staff use a wide range of materials. However, our reading books are predominantly from the Oxford Reading Tree and Pearson’s Bug Club schemes.


In Year R we teach correct letter formation without using entry or exit strokes.

In Year 1 and Year 2 we teach cursive handwriting. This starts with pre-cursive letter formation that includes entry and exit strokes. Full cursive handwriting is then introduced with the aim of children mastering this by the end of Year 2.

We use CCW Cursive 4 font for modelling and display: