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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School

Reading and Phonics


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 below 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.


Finally, please see links to some websites you might find useful.


Phonics and Reading at Our Lady & St Patrick's

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.


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 leaders for reading are Mrs Robb (for Key Stage 1) and Miss Nattrass (for Key Stage 2)


Below are some links you may find useful...