We have a rigorous and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics which has high ambitions; ensuring phonics mastery for ever child by the end of key stage 1 at the latest. However, we are also responsive to the needs of our in - year intake of pupils, who may arrive from another school without our exacting standards, or from abroad with little or no experience of English. Phonics provides the building blocks of reading acquisition. We develop our children's understanding application of the full range of reading skills beyond phonics. We also foster a love of reading through a variety of approaches and systems.