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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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