Phonics in the Infants

At St Giles, phonics is taught as a discrete daily lesson (a minimum of 15 minutes) throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.  We follow the structure of the six phases set out by Letters and Sounds from YR to Y2.  The teaching is also supplemented by Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. and Phonics Play.  From Y1 to Y6 the children also interact with Spelling Shed to support word recognition and spelling.  Parents are kept informed about the sounds the children are learning about through resources that are sent home on a weekly basis.


Expectations in YR, Y1 and Y2

Year R

  • Phase 2 is completed by Christmas

  • Phase 3 is completed by Easter

  • Phase 4 is completed by the end of the Summer term

Year 1

• Phase 4 revisited (5 weeks) and completed before commencing Phase 5 (30 weeks)

• End of Year 1 – secure on Phase 5

Year 2

  • Revisit much of Phase 5 (6 weeks) and commence phase 6 (30 weeks)

  • End of Year 2 – secure with Phase 6

Reading Schemes in the Infants

Our books are organised following the Oxford Reading Tree band system from YR to KS2.  Within each coloured band are a diverse range of reading books, including both fiction and non-fiction.  Phonics Bug, Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat, Story World and Project X book schemes are all included in the colour bands. Once children have reached sufficient fluency, they may move onto free reading books, choosing from within their colour band in the library.  The reading schemes give children the opportunity to practise their developing reading skills with texts which have appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure related to assessment focuses.



Cycle A



We have designed our cross- curricular topic- based curriculum using Cornerstones Education.  It is taught over a two year cycle and is reviewed every 2 years.

Within each cycle topics may be taught in any order to meet the needs of the class.


At St Giles the study of religious and non-religious world views is a core component of a rounded academic education.  This has long been recognised as essential in Britain. Indeed, one could argue that it is more important now  than ever. Young people today are growing up in a world where there is increasing awareness of the  diversity of religious and non-religious world views and they will need to live and work well with people with very different outlooks from their own.


There is an overarching principle aim to the religious education we teach.  This is:


The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant
human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop
the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to
these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.


RE is taught over a 2-year cycle using the Derby and Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for RE.  This is supplemented with units from the Understanding Christianity resource.Curriculum Overview

These units of work may be taught in any order to meet the needs of the class.


Click the image above to find our curriculum.

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