In Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1, pupils are taught to crack the phonics code through systematic daily phonics sessions. Teachers plan their lessons using Lancashire’s ‘Rose Rose Letters and Sounds’ (2022). Phonics continues to be taught in Key Stage 2 where necessary.

Children are given opportunities to apply their understanding of phonics during Guided Reading sessions and through independent writing tasks.


Reading is highly regarded at Overton St Helens and we work hard to develop a real joy of reading. Children have the opportunity to take part in engaging and enjoyable shared, group and independent reading activities through each day. During  guided reading sessions, teachers make ongoing assessments of our pupils’ progress.

In EYFS and Key Stage 1 we use reading books that are carefully matched to Lancashire’s Red Rose Letters and Sounds. We use Oxford Reading Tree and Pearson Phonics as our home reading books to support the development of phonics.