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Poolsbrook Primary Academy

Fuelling Young Minds for a Brighter Future!


Early Reading/Phonics

The Systematic Teaching of Phonics using No Nonsense Phonics Skills  


Our rigorous and systematic approach to the early reading curriculum using DFE validated SSP programme – No Nonsense Phonics Skills, develops children’s accuracy and fluency, building confidence and cultivates an enjoyment for reading. The programme provides a comprehensive step-by-step method for teaching reading, handwriting and spelling, through a series of carefully designed phonics routines to master the complex English Alphabetic Code. Our commitment to the English Hub demonstrates that reading is of the highest priority at PBPA.  Reading is the gateway to the curriculum therefore it is fundamental to school improvement with a focus on the quality of education that we provide this for our children. We have enhanced teachers’ knowledge of the teaching of phonics and early whole school training days. This high-quality, professional development has continued as the reading leader has established an effective coaching system to include practice, observation and feedback to increase teacher effectiveness. All new staff in school receive training to establish a solid understanding of, and consistency in, the delivery of our approach to No Nonsense Phonics Skills.