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At Trinity Academy Richmond we understand the importance of confident speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our aim is to encourage children to communicate effectively with others through speaking and writing and to learn and develop the skills they need for this. We want them to be passionate about reading, being able to read for enjoyment and to use the skills to help them learn.

To support these aims, we provide a rich language environment and teach English through a programme which is well planned to meet the needs of all the children. We aim to make the teaching and learning of English exciting and purposeful.

Throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, “Letters and Sounds” and “Jolly Phonics” are used as our main teaching programmes for teaching systematic synthetic phonics. It is taught daily using a multisensory and fun approach and reinforced through learning throughout the day. Children read a range of fiction and non-fiction books, many of which are from the Oxford Reading Scheme. As the children’s confidence in reading grows, they are encouraged to choose their own books from a range at the appropriate level.

If you have any questions at all about your child’s reading, do not hesitate to ask your class teacher. 


Useful Links

You may find the following websites helpful – there are lots of other tips about reading here as well as some videos and e-books to share with your child of any age.

Oxford Owl

Fun and Games

Phonics Play

Keyboard Practice






Spelling List

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