Reading and Phonics



What does KS1 reading look like at Roach Vale?

Roach Vale Primary School uses the national phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. This is taught in Key Stage 1 to support our children to develop secure early reading skills. In Year 1, all children are required to complete the Phonics Screening test, which assesses the children’s blending abilities. At Roach Vale, we pride ourselves on our strong phonic results due to our dedicated and knowledgeable staff members. Click the links below to gain more information on this phonic programme and receive resources to support your child at home: 



In addition to this, from years 1-6 Guided Reading sessions run throughout the week supported by Class Teachers and Learning Teacher Assistants (LTA). This is to ensure that our children’s comprehension skills develop in line with their reading abilities.

Within our school library, we have a wide range of books that are organised by abilities, including companies such as Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, All Aboard, Rising Stars, Orchard Classics, Hopscotch Histories, Young Hippo and Pearson Bug Club. Within Pearson, we also subscribe to a broad range of e-books for all our children to access and read at home. This is to engage and excite them further with their reading.






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  • Roach Vale, Colchester,
    Essex CO4 3YN
  • Tel: 01206 861324
  • Fax: 01206 869751
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