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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Stella Maris Catholic Federation

Phonics & Reading


Teaching Phonics with 'Letters and Sounds' 

In school, we follow a synthetic phonics approach, using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme for teaching phonics. Children work through the Six Phonics Phases systematically, from their entry to school.


Typically, children will begin Phase 1 in Nursery and complete Phase 6 in Year 2. However, all children are different and not all children progress at the same rate through the phonics phases. We rigorously track children's progress in phonics, to ensure that all children make progress in reading and writing.


High quality daily phonics lessons in Early Years, through into Key Stage One and early Key Stage 2 are the fundamental basis for learning to read and write in a structured and systematic way. 


If you have any questions about phonics, your child's class teacher would be your first point of contact for advice. However, if you would like to discuss any aspect of phonics in more detail, the subject leader for phonics and early reading is Miss Nicholson.


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Reading is at the very heart of our curriculum, and is given a very high priority in all classes and year groups, right across school.


From our children's very first days in school, we aim to foster a love of language and reading and, therefore, attach great importance to enabling our children to become fluent readers. All class timetables include daily reading sessions for guided and individual reading, as well as opportunities for story time and quiet reading.


Independent reading takes place on a daily basis to encourage a love of books and reading for pleasure. Children are encouraged to talk about their favourite authors and recommend stories to others. Whole class reading sessions cover all the skills of prediction, clarification, questioning and summary as well as overall comprehension of a text.


Across school, children will experience a wide range of authors and text types and will regularly hear books being read to them. Our curriculum is planned with quality texts at its very heart and all our learning springs from this.


If you have any questions about reading, your child's class teacher would be your first point of contact for advice.  Alternatively, if you would like to discuss any aspect of reading in more detail, the subject leader for early reading is Miss Nicholson, and Miss Nattrass is the subject leader for reading in Key Stage 2. 


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