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How do we teach English and Phonics?

At St Mary’s, we believe that Language is fundamental to all aspects of children’s home and school life. It is a subject in its own right but is also a key ingredient for gaining access to the whole school curriculum. Communication, both oral and written, is the key to educational progress. Through our literacy teaching, we aim to develop children's competence as listeners, talkers, readers and writers so that they can live, work and succeed in a literate world. All the skills of language enable children to participate fully as a member of society.

Our programme of phonics and word-recognition development begins as part of our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  In Reception phonics are initially taught through letters and sounds, using the Read Write Inc. resources and materials to  support pupils in decoding and segmenting unfamiliar words; enabling them to comprehend what they read, read with fluency and expression and to begin to write with confidence.

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How we teach Phonics at St Mary's

We held a parents meeting on Wednesday 16th January to explain how we teach children the Phonics at St Mary's.  Please click on the document below to see a copy of the presentation given at this meeting.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher should you have any questions or concerns.

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