At Trimley St Mary we strive to ensure that all children become successful, fluent readers by the end of key stage one and believe this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete phonics teaching, combined with a whole language approach that promotes a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ culture. This approach is in alignment with Trimley’s belief that we first ‘learn to read’ and then ‘read to learn’. This policy is aimed at reinforcing a consistent, high quality approach to the teaching of phonics across foundation stage and key stage one. All staff are trained to deliver Phonics to a high standard. We follow a whole-school planning and teaching approach; this consistent strategy, reflects the expectations outlined in the DfE Document ‘Letters and Sounds’, whilst being supported and enhanced by SFA pedagogy.