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Phonics

At St. Mary’s we believe that effective Systematic Synthetic Phonics teaching is essential to developing the early reading and writing skills that children need upon entry to the school. It is also a statutory part of the English National Curriculum.

At St. Mary’s we use Read Write Inc. for our phonics and early literacy provision. From the first week that children join us in EYFS, we teach high quality phonics.

Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

Phonics for reading.

Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Phonics for writing.

The children write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know.

Children are continually assessed and groups are fluid, so children are always given the right level of challenge and support.