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Reading and Phonics


Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 receive a phonics session every day.  We follow the sequence of progression from Letters and Sounds. During the academic year 2021-2022, St Mary's will introduce a validated phonics scheme. We will aim to purchase and introduce Little Wandle Letters and Sounds in Spring 2022.



Our curriculum is enriched with language and texts. Throughout school we foster, encourage and celebrate  a love of reading. Children have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. We have used Hero Academy, by Oxford University Press, as our phonics reading scheme and supplemented this with texts from Collins Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree.

In 2022 we will be introducing Little Wandle Letters and Sounds and Big Cat phonics books.


Online Reading Support Programmes

We subscribe to Reading Eggs and Espresso  where children can access books and reading activities online.  All children have log ins for these online resources. Children also have access to Epic and Oxford Owl. If you have lost your child's log in please contact your child's class teacher.