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Phonics & Reading at St Michael’s
Name of Lead: Miss Gannon


“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” - Victor Hugo



At St Michael's we believe that every child matter’s and that every child should be given the opportunity to be taught the skills to first ‘learn to read’ and then ‘read to learn.’ Here at St Michael's we are enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated in ensuring that all children become confident, motivated and enthusiastic readers. We aim to develop and enhance children’s confidence in their reading, so they can acquire the skills to decode words to be able to read fluently with understanding of what they have read. We consider phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. We believe this is achievable through a combination of strong, high quality, discrete phonics teaching taught through Read Write Inc, combined with a whole language approach that promotes a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ culture.

Hello everyone! Thank you for looking at our Phonics and Reading page. We hope you find some useful information to help you support your child's reading at home.


At St. Michael's we use Read Write Inc scheme for phonics and Oxford Reading Tree scheme for class/home reading. 

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Phonics in practice at St Michaels - practising our speed sounds before reading our book

Phonics in practice at St Michaels - practising our speed sounds before reading our book 1
Phonics in practice at St Michaels - practising our speed sounds before reading our book 2
How to say the sounds

Information for Parents: How to say the sounds

Confused about how to pronounce the sounds found in Read Write Inc. Phonics? Worry not - 5-year-old Sylvie is here to show you how! Use this guide to support your child when practising the sounds at home. - - - Did you like this video?

Read Write Inc - pure sounds (set 1, 2, 3)

RWI Pure Sounds

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Information for Parents: Sound-blending

'Sound-blending' describes how children learn to join sounds together to make words with Read Write Inc. Phonics. This video tutorial will help you support your child to practise sound-blending at home.

How to teach blending to children - Phonics tutoring with Ruth Miskin

Ruth Miskin demonstrates how to teach children phonics through assisted word blending.

Please find links to phonics sites which include games you can play with your child at home.

Ruth Miskin Phonics Webpage for supporting your children at home
Handwriting and forming the initial sounds:

YEAR 1 Phonics Screening Test information for parents.

The Year 1 Screening Check

The phonics screening test is a short assessment to see if children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills.

Phonics Screening past papers:

Remember, it is important to read with your child every day. smiley