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Phonics & Spelling

We aim for all children to leave St Luke’s School with an enjoyment and fluency in their reading. They should be ready for secondary school texts where an understanding of what is read is crucial.

In order to achieve this:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 use Letters and Sounds to teach phonic skills and decoding.
  • A range of strategies will be used to teach accuracy and fluency across the whole school with supporting age appropriate displays in every classroom.

Letters and Sounds (detailed by following the link above) is a systematic approach for teaching children to read using phonics... 

The School's teaching of spelling works on providing the children with strategies, knowledge and skills the children need to learn spelling in school, at home and as they progress through their education.


The focus of the spelling programme (which is detailed in the link above) is on the teaching of spelling patterns and rules but does also including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings. The requirements of the National Curriculum is organised into strands and then broken down into termly overviews. The overall pathway can be found below while termly overviews are used by the teachers with half termly plans. Lessons follow a model of five spelling sessions across two weeks, except in Year 2 where sessions are daily. Each lesson is approximately 10 to15 minutes long, but lesson plans are flexible so that the teaching can reflect the extra time needed on a teaching point if required...