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Phonics and Reading

For those parents who were unable to attend the Parents' Information Meeting on an introduction to Read Write Inc. please find the attached PowerPoint with audio.  You will also find a Reading at Home booklet and a Set 1 Sounds handout.

Wordless Books


Until your child is able to identify and blend sounds to read words, your child will take home a Wordless Book to read with you at.  Wordless books are told entirely through their illustrations.  They are books without words, or sometimes just a few words.  Sharing wordless books with your child provides opportunities for literacy-rich conversations.  Each "reader" listens and speaks, and creates their own story or stories in their own words.  Sharing wordless books also reinforces the idea that in many books, the story and pictures are connected.  The following PPT with audio will provide you with some information and tips for sharing wordless books with your child.

A guide to sharing wordless texts.mp4

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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.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

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.



Thank you to the parents who attended the information workshop.  The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  Please click on the link for the slides and leaflets that were shared.



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

Accelerated Reader.


At St Bernadette’s, Accelerated Reader is used throughout Key Stage 2. Accelerated Reader is a program that helps teachers monitor children’s independent reading practice.  Your child picks a book at his/her own reading level from our well-resourced library and reads it at his/her own pace.  When finished, your child takes an online quiz to check their comprehension of what they have read. Guided group reading, intervention groups and 1:1 reading support is available for any children who require additional support.


Accelerated Reader was introduced at our school in Autumn 2019 and has had a huge impact on the children’s motivation to read. We use a range of reward systems to motivate our children and to celebrate their success and hard work. For example, we have a reading trophy, which is handed out during Celebration Assembly, reward days for classes with the highest word count, and a Millionaire’s Club for those children who read one million words and beyond.


If your child is reading a book from home or from MK Library, you can check whether it is on Accelerated Reader by searching on the following website:  This means that your child can take a quiz on their book whilst at school.

Reading at Home

Sharing a book at home with your child is a wonderful way to support their reading and comprehension skills. Please do attend our annual 'Bedtime Story Event' where you can pick up lots of tips to make sharing a book with your child a wonderful experience. Click on the links below to find leaflets to support you when sharing a book with your child.

You can view the EYFS Literacy Curriculum Overview Below

Click below to see our Reading Long Term Plan Y1-6

Click below to see some recommended books for different aged pupils.
Find out about the Our World - Wider Curriculum and each subject within our curriculum by following the link below: