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Phonics is the main way that reading is taught at St Mary's in Foundation Stage and KS1.

'Jolly Phonics' and 'Letters and Sounds' resources are used to provide a structured phonics program.


Our reading scheme is the Oxford Reading tree.


We encourage reading to widely beyond the reading scheme and as soon as the class teacher believes it is appropriate, pupils are moved off the reading scheme and given access to a range of fiction and non fiction books.

We strongly encourage reading at home, so please find below recommended reading books listed by year groups.

Sounds of the English Phonic Code -Synthetic Phonics.wmv

Tami Reis-Frankfort, reading specialist and trainer, demonstrates how to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code, when teaching children to read.

What is phonics? | Oxford Owl

Get a definition of phonics and understand the key aspects of learning to read using phonics.

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words | Oxford Owl

Suzy Ditchburn explains how letter sounds can be blended to read words, and gives tips on how to practise phonics with your child.

Recommended Reading Lists by Year Group