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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust

Teaching Sequence (Summary)

Following the SFA Teaching Sequence means that children will learn to read quickly, through the phases outlined below.


Reading for success Daily phonics lessons are 25 minutes, with reading lessons increasing gradually from 15 minutes to 30 minutes each day.


Shared Decodable Readers are introduced from Phase 2-6, with the teaching of Grapheme-Phoneme Correspondences (GPCs) in phonics lessons matched to the associated shared story.


Common Exception Words (CEW), include GPCs that are an exception to what children have been taught. CEWs are explicitly taught in all phonics lessons and include all of the usual CEW from L&S 2007. These are also introduced systematically in Shared Readers, where they are explicitly taught as Red Words. Children are taught to decode the GPCs they have learned, and to recognise and remember the ‘tricky’ grapheme for reading and spelling.