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Phonics & Reading


At SS Mary and John, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to teach phonics. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. 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.

We start teaching phonics in reception and this leads up to the phonics screening which all children nationally take at the end of year one.


We have attached a copy of all the sounds which children learn and the order in which these are taught. Please refer to this when supporting your child with their phonics. 

For more information about how to support your child with their phonic knowledge, please refer to the website link below. 

Phonics information for parents

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 Lucy. Find more phonics help on Oxford Owl: Help your child learn to read with books and flashcards from Read with Oxford: What is Oxford Owl?

Reading at SSMJ


At SS Mary and John, reading is a key focus in all that we do. Our children enjoy sharing a variety of texts and reading for pleasure. This year, we have moved towards a book centered curriculum where we enjoy sharing books in our English and Thematic lessons before completing work around this text. Children at SSMJ have positive attitudes to reading and our library is always very busy at lunch time with children keen to get their hands on one of our new books! 


Please ensure that your child is reading at home often and is bringing their book bag and reading record into school weekly so that they are able to regularly change their books.


Exciting reading opportunities at SSMJ...

Roald Dahl Day


In September, we celebrated Roald Dahl day at SS Mary and John. 

Each year group spent the week reading a different book written by Roald Dahl, they then completed work around these books which have been displayed around our school. Everyone was really impressed with the quality of written work produced!







Year 2 book club!

Year 2 children have had the opportunity to attend an exciting book club with Miss Vale. All the excitement began with children searching for golden tickets under their chairs to see if they were lucky enough to have earned an invite this half term. 

Book club meets every Tuesday in the Key Stage 1 library and children complete different reading activities based around their favourite books. So far, this half term, children have shared their favourite books, taken part in guided reading sessions, recommended books to their friends, shared poetry and completed book reviews. Each week, children get the chance to select a new book from our book club library which they then take home, read and share with the group the following week. Children are really enjoying listening to which books their friends have enjoyed and having the chance to choose a book which has been recommended by their peers.









EYFS storytime

Our EYFS children love reading and enjoyed sharing their favourite stories with their parents and carers. They all sat together to listen to the teachers reading one of their favourite books and then had time to share a story with their families. We look forward to the next EYFS storytime...





National Storytelling week...

Recently, SS Mary and John have celebrated National storytelling week. From Nursery - Year 6 we have enjoyed being able to celebrate our love of reading.

We have been reading  by torch light, sharing our favourite books, writing our own stories and reading them to our friends and simply enjoying sitting and listening to stories.