Reading & Phonics

reading and phonics

We believe that reading is an essential skill and we aim to develop and encourage a love of books and reading so that by the time your child leaves St Mary's they are able to read with confidence and pleasure.


Reading forms an important part of our homework routines. We ask that children read at home daily. We ask parents to record reading at home in the reading record. This supports our on-going partnership between home and school.

Each classroom has a reading corner, with a range of books for the children to read in school or borrow to read at home.


Phonics is taught throughout the school using 'Bug Club Phonics' which ensures systematic coverage and progression. 

It is taught in groups, led either by the class teacher or by a trained teaching assistant, and focuses on the recognition of pure letter sounds and how to read and write these.

The children are assessed regularly to ensure that they are in the appropriate group for supporting and extending their individual needs. Year 1 children take part in statutory Phonics Screening during the summer term and parents are informed of their child's achievement at the end of the school year.

A range of e-books can be accessed online at ActiveLearn Primary and children bring home books linked to the phoinc stage on which they are working.

Phonics Policy

Reading at home. 'Book talk' Questions - a guide for parents.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Presentation