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Phonics and Reading

Phonics at St. Bernadette’s Primary School

Reading is the most important skill that children must master during their time at primary school. Reading opens up the doors to the whole world of learning. At St. Bernadette’s, our primary goal is to make sure that every child learns to read. We rely on the parents of our children to help us in this task by: listening to their child read every night; talking to them about books and reading stories to their children.


We use a scheme known as Read Write Inc. It is a systematic phonics and reading programme that is great fun and very pacey.

All of the children in years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One are organised in to ability groups for a Read Write Inc lessons each morning. The groups vary in size from 5 to 20 children.


Children are regularly assessed and move from one group to another as they progress.


How can you help your child with their phonics at home?

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the Phonics Information Sessions. We are glad that you found them so useful. Please click on the links below for the slides and leaflet that were shared.

Phonics Screening Check 2020

What is the Phonics Screening Check?

The Phonics Screening Check was introduced in  2012 in primary schools in England.  All children in Year 1 take it in the Summer Term.

If you would like more information, and find out how you can support your child at home then you have the opportunity to attend a Parents Workshop after school at 3.30 pm on Thursday 23rd January 2020.  Please do come and join us.



The ppts. and link below help you to hear how we pronounce the different phonic sounds. This is very useful for practising at home.

Reading at Home

Sharing a book at home with your child is a wonderful way to support their reading and comprehension skills. Click on the links below to find leaflets to support you when sharing a book with your child.

Find out about the Our World - Wider Curriculum by following the link below: