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Pupils have a bright start in their English learning with us starting in Reception and Key Stage 1 (KS1) where Read Write Inc. – a synthetic phonics programme – is taught daily with the expectation that pupils will be fluent readers having secured word recognition skills by the end of KS1.  We use the Speed Sounds portion of this programme where pupils are taught the grapheme-phoneme correspondences in a clear sequence from the simple alphabetic code to phonemes with alternative graphemes.  For each phoneme, pupils are taught to ‘say it’, ‘read it’, ‘write it’, using child-friendly mnemonics and visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities.  Any pupils entering Key Stage 2 (KS2) with word reading difficulties receive timely one-to-one intervention with a trained member of staff.