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Phonics and Reading

How we teach phonics at Our Lady & St Patrick's


The basis of our phonics teaching in school is Letters and Sounds, which we follow from Nursery up to Year 2. We make sure that all children in these year groups take part in interactive phonics lessons every day, as the basis for learning to read and write in a structured and systematic way. 


Please see the document above, for more details about how we teach phonics in school.


Also below is some information about the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to your child's teacher about this. Alternatively, the subject leader for Phonics is Mrs Robb.


Finally, there are some website links, which you may find useful to help with phonics at home.




Year 1 Phonics Screening Check - Information for Parents


We use Oxford Reading Tree as the main spine for our reading scheme in school, supplemented by a variety of other schemes and real books including Big Cat, Tree Tops, Big Cat Phonics and Songbirds.


We order our reading books using the National Book Band colours. This helps us to closely track and monitor children's reading, as they progress through school, from Early Years to Year 6. 


Lilac   Pink   Red   Yellow   Blue   Green   

Orange   Turquoise Purple   Gold   White   

Lime   Navy Blue  Grey   Cerise   Black      


In addition,'Power of Reading' and other quality texts are at the very heart of our school curriculum, as we aim to encourage and promote a love of reading in our children.


Please follow the link below to find out more about Power of Reading.

Reading at the heart of our curricululm

If you have any questions about reading or phonics, 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 or phonics in more detail, the subject leader for phonics and early reading is Mrs Robb, and Miss Nattrass is the subject leader for reading in Key Stage 2.