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Welcome to Cotford St Luke Primary School

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Statement of Intent

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society and we seek to ensure that all pupils learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently.


What is phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.


Phonics is all about learning the sounds that letters can make. There are 44 sounds in the English language, which we put together to form words.


Some are represented by one letter, like ‘t’ and some by two or more, like ‘ck’ in duck and ‘air’ in chair.

Children are taught the sounds first, then how to match them to letters, and finally how to use the letter sounds for reading and spelling.

Phonics at our school


At Cotford St Luke Primary School we use the multisensory systematic synthetic programme Monster Phonics.  Monster Phonics uses a colour coded grapheme system linked to monster characters.

The resources are mapped against the Letters and Sounds phases 2-6 and the KS1 Spelling Curriculum. The colour-coded grapheme system is unique to Monster Phonics; each coloured grapheme is paired with a monster character that makes the same sound to give audio-visual prompts that help children ‘see’ each sounds within a word and pronounce it correctly.


We follow the Monster Phonics programme in Reception and Key Stage 1. The children will have a daily phonics lesson, full of exciting, purposeful, multisensory phonics teaching and learning experiences. The Monster Phonics intervention programme, resources and teaching strategies are also used across Key Stage Two.


At Cotford St Luke Primary School we strive to instil a love of reading into our pupils. We have daily opportunities for independent reading in KS2 and alongside an adult in KS1. Each class has a variety of books that children can access independently to explore in an age appropriate way. Guided reading takes place across the whole school. In Reception, the children are introduced to the different skills, in the summer term before moving to whole class Guided Reading in Year 1. 


When exploring comprehension activities we explore VIPERS to ensure children have a clear understanding of the text they are reading. VIPERS is an acronym for Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Sequence or Summarise. They are key areas that children need to know and understand in order to comprehend a text fully. Please see examples below if you would like to explore them with your children at home.

Key Stage One

Key Stage Two


We strongly encourage reading at home with your child and books are regularly changed in school. If your child is a reluctant reader, you could try some of the following:

  • Explore magazines, newspapers, supermarket signs- reading materials in different formats.
  • Exlpore Audiobooks- these allow children to listen to a story and enjoy the storyline.
  • There are plenty of websites that give free access to E-Books. Oxford Owl would be a good one to explore Some children may engage more in this format.


At Cotford St Luke Primary School, we want all our children to be fantastic writers, taking pride in what they have written and having the opportunity to write for different purposes. We strive for our pupils to present their work in a neat format across all subjects. We expose the children to different genres of writing exploring Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry every term. We will use a model text to explore this style of writing before exploring the different features and writing a version for themselves.