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St Gregory's Catholic Primary School

'For every future, for every child'

Where we Begin...EYFS and Phonics



Everything across the entire school starts with EYFS. From these start points children learn how to be at school and prepare for their transition into National Curriculum Learning.

Carefully thought-out processes dictate the form and direction of learning at this stage and in planning and guiding what children learn we ensure we reflect on the different rates at which children are developing and adjust their practice appropriately.  We focus on three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:


playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’

active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements

creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things


We know that our pupils come from differing backgrounds but we are immersed with a steely determination  that all children can achieve, regardless of their background. Our school motto - for every pupils, for every child, drives us in this respect and ensures we put no ceilings on our expectations nor barriers to success. We aim to create opportunity and be aspirational for our pupils, and this all starts in EYFS.

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Nothing in school is more important than teaching a child how to read and we are relentless within this. Reading is the backbone of our society and the gateway to all types of other learning. When learning to read, PHONICS is crucial for children .


Phonics is a method for teaching children how to read and write in an alphabetic language, such as English. It helps children to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. The Department for Education establishes the core criteria for effective systematic synthetic phonics teaching programmes. At St Gregory's we use one of these approved programmes: Read Write Inc.

Children studying phonics learn to read and write using phonics, which is by directly linking  phonemes (sounds in words) and graphemes (the symbols used to represent them). Through reading in phonics, children will begin to understand which sounds correspond to which symbols. Once they’ve mastered this skill, they will be able to decode books and other texts.

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