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Reading and Phonics


Sounds are the building blocks of spelling and reading. At St. Margaret's we place real importance on the use of phonics as pupils move through EYFS, KS1 and beyond.

We use:

  • Jolly Phonics in Reception
  • Letters and Sounds in Year 1 and 2

The booklets below will give you more information which may support your child's learning:

Reading Schemes

The reading books the children take home work alongside the phonics scheme used in school. The children will read books which are phonics based and wholly decodable. As they progress with their phonics they will progress through the reading stages. We have an impressive range of different phonic reading schemes to keep the children engaged and motivated to read:

  • Oxford Reading Tree Phonics
  • Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales
  • Oxford Reading Tree Drama
  • Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper
  • Floppy’s Phonics
  • Snapdragons
  • Songbird’s Phonics
  • Phonics Bug
  • Project X
  • Collin’s Big Cat Lions
  • Treetops
  • Dandelion Readers

When the children have consolidated the graphemes covered in each stage of reading books, they may advance on to Oxford Reading Tree readers, which are not entirely decodable. This will enable a child to practise recognising ‘tricky words’ which are not yet decodable.

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Teaching Reading at ST. Margaret's

At St. Margaret’s the children learn to read and spell through a programme of systematic synthetic phonics. This teaches the children to recognise the graphemes in the English language, as well as the skills of segmenting and blending required to break up and build words to read and to spell. In EYFS phonics is taught daily in classes and activities are available for the children to practise their reading and spelling skills. The children in Year 1 and 2 are grouped for phonics according to the phonics phase they are working within.

The children are given a reading book to take home which is appropriate for their current phonic ability. These are changed twice a week and children are encouraged to read the book at least two times before it is changed. There is an expectation at St. Margaret’s that parents will try to read with their child every night. Re-reading is key to comprehension, building fluency and learning to use expression.

We are also very lucky to have three extremely well stocked libraries in KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2. The children are encouraged to take home a library book on a regular basis to read and enjoy with their families at home.

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