Phoenix Academy
Odell Road, Leamore, Walsall, WS3 2ED

Tel: 01922 712834

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Reading & Phonics Curriculum

Throughout KS1, and for those who still require support in KS2, children follow the Ruth Miskin Phonics program (RWI). This is in addition to daily literacy lessons and reinforcement activities to support individuals.

This program teaches synthetic phonics (a teaching technique that focuses on the link between letters and sounds) and enables our pupils to become fluent readers. The children learn quickly to recognise common phonemes and to blend these to read words correctly.

Please look at the video below for more details:


All of the children also have access to a wide range of reading books and online access to ‘Bug Club’. All pupils will be encouraged to read at home and we ask parents/carers to support us in this.

Within our school library, the pupils have further access to a wide selection and variety of books. The pupils are able to take these books home to support their learning and enjoyment of reading.

While your child is in Year 1, they will complete the Phonics screening check. For further information, click here.

Pupils are encouraged to read online at home with a Reading Scheme called Bug Club. The pupils are assigned books by staff & the pupils can complete the books online. As the pupils read through the books questions appear for them to answer – these are in the shape of a bug. Pupils receive gold coins for correct answers and are able to spend them through the Bug Club pages. The website is active learn & can be found at

Pupils have their own username & password. The school number is 99st.

If you require any further information regarding reading or how you can help your child, then please contact the class teacher.