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Learning to Read


At St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School, we use the Letters & Sounds programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. Letters & Sounds is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. The children have daily lessons of Letters & Sounds during which they are taught in the phase group appropriate to their need.

We place a real emphasis on the importance of reading across the school and are currently working towards our Reading Quality Mark. Reading really opens the door to learning. A child who reads regularly, whether alone or with adult support, will not only grow in confidence and fluency but will extend their range of vocabulary and understanding of text. A fluent reader will be able to read more challenging material and the more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using Letters & Sounds, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to use strategies to help spell with ease so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using Letters & Sounds to read the children will:

  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter names
  • learn letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn how to blend sounds
  • learn to read words using Robot Arms
  • read a range of texts featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions

When using Letters & Sounds to write the children will:

  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds
  • learn to write words by saying the sound with Robot Arms
  • write simple sentences using capital letters and full stops

Reading Schemes used in KS1

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Nelson Thorne – PM
  • Collins – Big Cat

If you have any queries or would like to discuss our phonics programme further, please contact Mrs Sharon Richards via the school office (0151 477 8150).

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