Reading and Phonics

Reading at St Mary’s

At St Mary's we love to read. We believe that for pupils to succeed in education reading must be given the highest priority. Children are encouraged to develop a real love for books through high quality teaching and a literate classroom environment. This love begins in the Nursery where children respond to familiar texts and retell stories. Interaction with text develops through Reception and into KS1 and KS2 as children broaden their understanding of different genres, authors and stories.

At St Mary's Primary we value reading as a core life skill. We aim for every child in our school to be able to read independently and to enjoy reading. We make this happen by supporting our pupils with excellent phonics teaching and all children read with adults in school regularly. Parents and reading volunteers are encouraged to come into school and hear children read. We expect pupils to read at home every day.

For a clear outline of our Reading Aims, Implementation and Assessment policy please refer to the document 'St Mary's Reading Policy' below.


Phonics at St Mary’s

At St Mary's Phonics is taught every day in Reception and Year 1 and into Year 2 for the first part of the year. Learning to read and write is of great importance!


‘Letters and Sounds’ is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills and is used at St Mary's. (Letters and Sounds programme) It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting with Phase 1, which is begins in Nursery, Phases 2,3 and 4 in Reception, Phase 5 in Year 1, through to Phase 6 in Year 2.The overarching aim of the Letters and Sounds programme is that all children become fluent readers by age seven.  The six overlapping phases as set out above cover aspects of Phonics knowledge that all children need to have grasped in order to be proficient at reading and writing which includes spellings and all the many confusing rules that are in the English language! This is supported with a variety of resources, including rhymes and actions in Reception to help the children learn individual phonemes, (Click on the link at the bottom for the actions you can do with your child to reinforce each new sound at home).


Click on the link below for the complete list of phonics sounds and tricky words...