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St Francis Catholic Primary School a Voluntary Academy

Together we are exploring our special gifts; Together we are growing towards God.


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free-

Frederick Douglass

At St Francis, we intend for every child to become a fluent reader, who enjoy reading a variety of genres and text types. We hope that every child is able to use phonics to decode words and blend back together, which will then support their fluency and enjoyment in reading. We are confident that phonics has a large impact on children’s enjoyment of reading and understanding. We aim to promote engaging and interactive phonics sessions so children develop this enjoyment and carry this throughout school, along with their love of reading.

At St Francis, we teach the National Curriculum of reading/phonics through Letters and Sounds. This is supported by Phonics Play, which sets a clear progression through the phases and ensures there is clear progression from Phase 1 in FS1 to Phase 6 in Year 2. The expectation is that children are working at their individual phonetic phase, which is monitored half-termly, and will eventually all reach Phase 6 by the end of Year 2.

Lessons take place daily lasting 20 minutes, they implement application of both reading and writing. Additional intervention is provided for those children who need it through EYFS and KS1. Yearly training is carried out for staff to ensure children are pronouncing phonemes correctly, using terminology and have strategies in place to support their reading (use of sound buttons). A love of reading is encouraged, so along with the use of lessons we encourage trips to the library, reading for pleasure as well of lots of fun phonics games to build on their existing learning.

FS2 Phonics and Reading Virtual Meeting

Parents/Carers of children in FS2, please watch this video below (follow the YouTube link) of Mrs Whitley taking you through how to support your children as they start their journey on the road to reading....


Phonics Resources to Support Home Learning

Our Phonics Leader, Miss Breen, has made some resources below to support every sound in each phase of phonics.  Simply click on the PowerPoint and make sure you you put it into 'slideshow' mode for it to work to the best effect.  Click on the speaker buttons to hear Miss Breen pronounce the sounds for your child to copy.