Phonics and Early Reading

"There is a consistent approach to the teaching of phonics across the early years and
key stage 1. This ensures that children in the early years gain a secure grounding in
letters and sounds so that many pupils read fluently and confidently by the end of
Year 2. Pupils who need extra support are quickly identified and helped to catch up.
Leaders ensure that pupils read books which are matched to the sounds that they

Ofsted 2023


Our Phonics Curriculum at St Paul's, Utkinton

Here at St Paul's, we use Read Write Inc Phonics.  It is a whole-school phonics programme for 3-7 year-olds designed to create fluent readers and willing writers.

Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all spend twenty minutes every day learning and using sounds. Time is spent listening to sounds, forming letters, recognising letters, forming words, recognising words and writing words. We hope that we are able to provide each child with the skills to decode and encode new words.

We break down the forty-four phonemes in the English language into small groups to make learning easier. These are then taught in sequence, not alphabetically.



Please click on the images above to see more of the Phonics curriculum.

If you would like to see our curriculum in full, including the small steps for each Key Stage, please contact the school office.


Ruth Miskin Phonics

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St Paul's CE Primary School
Utkinton and Cotebrook
Quarry Bank, Utkinton, Tarporley,
Cheshire, CW6 0LA

We are very proud to be a part of Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT). We work closely with the trust to promote the best outcomes for our pupils, whilst still working with other schools in the local area.