Letters and Sounds


At Belmont Castle Academy we believe that to develop a love of reading amongst our children has to be one of the most important things we can do. We therefore have a high emphasis on the importance of ensuring that our phonics sessions are of the highest quality possible.

This policy is reviewed annually as part of our on-going monitoring and evaluation processes and in-line with all our other documents. It was last reviewed in Autumn 2015.


Our over-arching aim is that every child at Belmont Castle Academy becomes a reader and that all children become fluent readers by the end of KS1. In line with the Rose Review 2006 we aim to ensure Quality First Teaching (QFT) of Letters and Sounds from Nursery through to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Pace and progression for teaching and learning is that outlined in the Letters and Sounds document ‘Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics’ Six-Phase Teaching Programme. The Letters and Sounds policy supports the simple view of reading from the Rose Review 2006. Teaching and learning supports word recognition processes and language comprehension processes, neither being sufficient on their own. For those children who do not reach age related expectations, we aim to offer a layered intervention approach to ensure no child is a non-reader by the end of KS1.

Our full policy can be found here.

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