St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Learning to live out our calling with compassion and love.


What phonics looks like at St Mary's:



At St Mary's we endeavour to empower our children to become confident readers and to nurture within them a desire to read. Within our nursery setting we focus on phase 1 which is a crucial foundation for their future learning. As they progress into reception we use a systematic synthetics programme called Little Wandle phonics which encompasses both learning phonics and the application of their phonics learning with reading to develop their fluency, prosody and comprehension. This continues into Year 1. We also use this scheme to scaffold our intervention support which is used throughout the school to help those who have not been able to pass the National Phonics check and need further support with their understanding of phonics. 

Guidance for the National Phonics screening check