Sacred Heart

Catholic Voluntary Academy

01162 624418


Mere Close, Leicester, Leicestershire LE5 3HH


 Below are the links to programmes used in our curriculum.

Come and See

Ten Ten- life to the full 


Accelerated Reader 

White Rose 

Purple Mash


Letters and Sounds

To get a feel for the sorts of things your child will be learning this year, please click on the year group buttons or links below. As we go through the year you will see more photos are added. 

Foundation 1  /  Foundation 2  /  Year 1  /  Year 2  /  Year 3  /  Year 4  /  Year 5  /  Year 6 


Phonics at our school


At Sacred Heart we follow the Letters and Sounds phases for teaching phonics. We use phrases alongside each sound to help the children have a hook for learning each sound. Each phonic session revisits sounds which the children have previously learnt and then introduces the next sound in the phase they are working in. We follow a four part lessons; revisit and review, teach, practice and apply. Children are encouraged to practice and apply the new phonic skills they have learnt through both reading and writing words. Phonics sessions are discretely taught from Foundation 1 to year 2. When children are in year 3 on wards those who need support in this area will work in a phonics intervention to build on their knowledge and understanding from the previous key stage. 


We run parent workshops in Foundation Stage, where parents are given more information about what Phonics are and how it helps their child to develop their reading skills. In year 1 a parent workshop is run in the Autumn term to share information regarding the Phonics Screening Check that the children will take in the Summer term. We encourage children to use their phonics when reading both in school and at home. 

 The order that we teach phonics is attached below (Appendix 2)


When your child starts in F1 or F2, you will have a chance to learn more about phonics teaching from their teacher. Please practice at home with them- children learn much quicker if this happens!


Reading at our school

Children are encouraged to love books and read for pleasure. With this in mind, children are given many opportunities throughout the day in which they can read, on their own, in a group or with the whole class. Reading at home is also crucial. 

This year, we have introduced the Accelerated Reader programme with years 2 to 6. With AR, children read a book and then take a comprehension quiz about it as soon as possible. This is all completed online and children are given regular feedback on how they have done. The programme also adds up how many words each child has read so far in the year. We have a competition ongoing where we are waiting for our first 'Word Millionaire' to emerge- this person will be taken to a book shop and will be allowed to choose books which reach up to the top of their leg!!!! It's all very exciting. 

I have attached the PowerPoint presentation, used in the 2 parent's meetings, for more information.  


Our first millionaire, Charity in year 5, collected her books on Monday 8th of April with Mrs Hayles and Mrs Ong!!!