"I love learning!" - Sahira

"Our teachers help us when we get stuck." - Faiyaz

"Learning is always fun in our lessons." - Madihah

"I enjoy our times tables challenges." - Mohibur

"I like all the different sports we try in our games lessons." - Najiya

"Writing in English helps us be creative and imaginative." - Lima

"We have lots of different clubs which are lots of fun!" - Riyaad

Reading and Phonics


At Richmond, we lay strong emphasis on the teaching of reading.  The ability to read well is a vital skill.  We use a structured reading scheme and alongside this we encourage the children to take books home to read with their parents.  Children may choose additional reading books from the well-resourced academy library. We teach reading through both individual and guided group reading.

In addition to this we also offer reading support for those children who find reading challenging. Some children may participate in intervention groups to enable them to catch up.



  • Children from Nursery to Year 2 follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme of work and have daily discrete phonics sessions.
  • All phonic lessons have four parts which are interactive, well-paced and structured so that the children are revisiting, learning, practicing and applying their skills.
  • We follow a clear progressive synthetic phonics scheme for planning and use a range of resources to teach phonics including Phonics Bug, Jolly Phonics and The Ruth Miskin RWInc materials.
  • Children in KS2 also continue to learn phonics if necessary and all children receive spelling lists to learn weekly.



  • Phonic knowledge is assessed termly through the appropriate phonic assessment package based on the Letters and Sounds assessment criteria.
  • Phonic knowledge is assessed during Year 1 through the statutory phonics screening check. It also be repeated during Year 2 to monitor progress and identify those children in need of intervention.


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