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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


On Friday 13th September, we celebrated Roald Dahl day at SS Mary and John. We all wore yellow to raise money for Roald Dahl's charity which funds nurses for seriously ill children. 

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 impress with the quality of written work produced!







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