Phonics & Reading

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what's printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read.

Reading supports children throughout the curriculum and is essential to success in life - to read opens so many doors.

We strongly encourage families to read with and to their children daily in order to support their development and their love for reading!

Phonics and Early Reading

What is phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.

Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.

Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound k can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch.

Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out. For example, when a child is taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.


How is Phonics Taught?

St Anne's Catholic Primary School: Read, Write, INC

At St Patrick's we use Read, Write, Inc (RWI) as our phonics scheme to teach children to read, and write!

Your child's teacher or phonics group leader can tell you which group they are in.

Video Link: What is RWI phonics?

When supporting your child with their phonics it is essential that you use pure sounds. You can find a pronunciation support video here to help you.


Some free RWI ebooks can be found on the Oxford Owl website - click here.

Further information for parents can be found by clicking here.

Repeated Reading

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Stories to enjoy at home

These links will take you to some digital and audio books to read and/or listen to at home

Age 3-7 (audio books for storytime)

Age 7 - 11 (audio books for storytime)

Top 10 Digital Books

Children's books that celebrate diversity

The free Oxford Owl ebook library can also support you with more stories to read at home:


Author of the Month

You can find information about our 'Author of the Month' including extracts from their books by clicking here.

This link will take you to our pupil page.


Book Chat

Talking about stories and reading is just as important as reading itself.

You can find useful information and support about 'book chat' by clicking here.

You can visit the Oak National Academy Virtual Library here: