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Reading and Phonics

Phonics and Reading Scheme


At St Mary’s, phonics is taught following the Letters and Sounds programme. The Letters and Sounds programme clearly follows the six phases of phonic progression throughout the Early Years and Key Stage One. Phonics is taught explicitly daily in Early Years and Key Stage One, and where necessary in KS2. Please see our Reading and Phonics policy for further information.


At St Mary's we use a range of reading scheme books to meet the needs and interests of our pupils.  Reading scheme books include Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Floppy’s Phonics and Project X.  Our reading scheme runs from the Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2, whereby once children finish the scheme they become independent readers who select their own books as they are at a point in their reading journey to be able to read fluently and accurately with excellent comprehension.  At the same time children may take home other reading books for them to practice their reading skills with such as those from our school library or the class reader area. Our KS1 and KS2 Curriculum Overview below gives further information about our Literacy curriculum. 

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At St. Mary’s Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is imperative for future success. By the time children leave St. Mary’s, we aim for them to be competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader. Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors and to review their books objectively. This enhances a deep love of literature across a range of genres, cultures and styles.

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