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How do we teach 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.

We held a parents meeting in January 2019 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.

KS1 Phonics, Reading & KS1 assessment workshop October 2021


How do we teach Reading?


As a child’s reading progresses from early reading they begin to move though the reading scheme at their own pace and developmental understanding. The reading scheme book bands are structured  to  encourage children to read for longer periods of time and begin to ask and answer questions about what they have read and what they have understood. The phonics scheme used in school is Read Write Inc which incorporates a reading element of the session with comprehension questions and discussion as well as discussing new words and their meanings.

As the children become more confident readers they participate in group reading sessions where they can enjoy stories poems and non-fiction, often linked to the topic areas. The books are used to teach specific reading skills and enable the children to develop language and ideas for their own writing.  In addition to this, teachers regularly read to the children just for pleasure and enjoyment to foster a love of reading. The school’s overall objective is to nurturer a love of reading and for each child to become a fluent and confident reader.

Bug Club for Early Years & KS1

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, St Mary’s C E Primary School has recently invested in a reading programme called Bug Club that we would like you and your child to get involved in.  We are acutely aware, that many of our youngest readers do not have the appropriate levelled reading books at home that they would have been able to access in school, which is why we have invested in an online reading platform, to help both you and your child to continue reading at home.

Please see the attached documents to help you familiarise yourself with Bug Club.  Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information.

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