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Key Stage 1

Support your child with Reading and Phonics


At Saint Mark’s we want our children to love reading. Children need to draw on a range of skills in order to read accurately and fluently; this includes phonics. Adults reading to children, children reading to adults, and the practice of phonic skills – all on a daily basis – are vital for developing confident and enthusiastic readers.


Children develop their phonics skills through a systematic and rigorous daily phonics programme based on ‘Letters and Sounds’. We use ‘Jolly Phonics Actions’ to support the understanding of the different graphemes. Teachers regularly assess and track each child’s progress in phonics and, where a child is identified as falling behind, personalised intervention is put in place to enable every child to catch up.

Common Exception Words (sight words) are practised daily and children are encouraged to practise reading these words at home which can be found in their Home School Reading Diary.


Our Core Reading Scheme is Collins Big Cats alongside Oxford Reading Tree ‘Floppy’s Phonics and Raintree. All our reading books are fully decodable and children also have the opportunity to take home a ‘sharing book’ which is on their current reading level but is not fully decodable, these are used to expose the children to new words which they can not use their phonic skills for.


Each week every child will read either 1:1 or in a group with the class teacher or learning support assistant. During this reading session, the member of staff will focus on application of phonics skills and reading of sight vocabulary in context using our decodable reading scheme (Collins Big Cat, Floppy’s Phonics).



Useful links to support phonics at home: Phonics Play –

                                                                 Phonics Bloom –


We have also produced our own sound track of the phonetically sounds to help parents.