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Phonics & Reading Information

When teaching Phonics & Guided Reading, our aim is to take into account the length of time that pupils stay at The Helix as a short-term provision. The majority of pupils have gaps in learning often caused by sporadic attendance due to negative patterns of behaviour. This is further compounded by low self-esteem and barriers to learning.


Pupils are taught Phonics using ‘Rapid Phonics’ published by Pearson. This scheme closes the gaps in phonic knowledge using catch-up sessions that are quick, memorable and fun. Individual pupils have at least two sessions per week.


All pupils have at least one Guided Reading session per week. Pupils are taught using Bug Club, Rigby Star and Literacy World reading books by Pearson. Some pupils also use ‘Comics for Phonics’

Statutory Assessments

Pupils in Years 1, 2 and 6 are able to take statutory assessments at The Helix. These include:


          * Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

          * Year 2 SATs

          *Year 6 SATs.


Parents/carers will be advised if these apply to their child.