Phonics and Reading
Synthetic phonics is taught daily from the Nursery class through to Year 2. We use a synthetic phonics programme called Letters and Sounds to teach our pupils to read.  We have invested in an interactive programme called Phonics Bug to help make the learning as fun as possible.

As the children progress with their reading we use a range of reading schemes throughout the school which includes Pearsons and Oxford Reading Tree. These are colour banded to match children's reading levels. When a child is ready to move onto the next level, they are awarded with a reader wrist band.

In KS2 we use Accelerated Reader that helps to develop comprehension skills whilst building vocabulary. It is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children's independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace.

Children are also encouraged to read for pleasure in school and at home, both on-line and the more traditional way!


At St Mary’s Catholic School we believe that Literacy is a fundamental life skill.  Literacy develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes.  Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers. They gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins.  Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking, reading and writing across a range of different situations.  An emphasis is placed on writing for a purpose, following the Talk4Writing approach and reading for enjoyment.


Sarah Keitch

English Co-ordinator