Teaching Phonics, Reading and Writing


At St Mary's we follow the teaching sequence set out in Bug Club Phonics from phases 1 to 5 in Reception and Year 1 and follow the Read, Write Inc Spelling programme from Year 2 onwards.

In EYFS and KS1, these sessions are delivered at least once daily for 20 minutes. Morning sessions are differentiated according to the needs of the children and afternoon sessions are taught as whole class, with some activities for independent learning. Each Phonics Session will consist of four parts: Review, Teach, Practise, Apply. These sessions will give daily opportunities for blending and segmenting.



Reading is much more than the decoding of black marks on a page. It is a process that requires understanding and response to all types of writing. We aim to encourage reading for pleasure, where stories are shared, authors recommended and a lifelong love of reading is developed.

In KS1 we support the children’s reading with Phonics Bug books and a banded Reading Scheme which incorporates a range of genres from Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn Lighthouse and Rigby Stars.

In KS2, the children will participate in the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme. The AR programme is an effective way of giving the older children a little more independence in their choice of reading material, whilst still enabling us to track and promote reading.

Comprehension skills are developed through discussion, with adults, individually and in whole class reading lessons. Whole class reading lessons take place regularly, often using VIPERS as a text analysis tool. 

Please click on the links below to find out more about Phonics and Reading at St Mary's:

Phonics Policy 2021

English Policy 2021

How to Access Bug Club Phonics and Reading 

How to Access Accelerated Reader


At St Marys we use a variety of teaching and learning styles. Our principal aim is to develop children's knowledge, skills and understanding. In our lessons, we encourage the children to ask as well as answer questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources to support their learning. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to apply their learning to everyday situations. 

Please click on the links below to find out more about the English Curriculum at St Mary's:

Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Year 2 Curriculum Overview 

Year 3 and 4 Curriculum Overview

Year 5 and 6 Curriculum Overview