Reading & Phonics

We believe that reading is an essential skill and we aim to develop and encourage a love of books and reading so that by the time your child leaves St. Mary's they are able to read with confidence and pleasure.


Reading forms an important part of our homework routines. We ask that children read at home daily. We ask parents to record reading at home in the reading record. This supports our on-going partnership between home and school.

Each classroom has a reading corner, with a range of books for the children to read in school or borrow to read at home, and all the children have access to the school library, which contains a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts.


Phonics is taught throughout the school using 'Letters and Sounds' which ensures systematic coverage and progression. 

It is taught in groups, led either by the class teacher or by a trained teaching assistant, and focuses on the recognition of pure letter sounds and how to read and write these.

The children are assessed regularly to ensure that they are in the appropriate group for supporting and extending their individual needs. Year 1 children take part in statutory Phonics Screening during the summer term and parents are informed of their child's achievement at the end of the school year.

A range of e-books can be accessed online at Oxford Owl.