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A Guide to Phonics


Phonics at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School Euxton

Reception and KS1 have daily timetabled sessions of phonics; following and teaching the Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme  through the Little Wandle scheme.


These sessions focus on:

  •  Grapheme – phoneme correspondence in a clearly defined sequence.
  •  The skill of segmenting words into their constituent phonemes to spell.
  •  Blending and segmenting which are reversible skills.

The teachers use a range of resources such Pearson Bug Club Reading Books and a range of interactive games to enhance teaching and learning.


At the end of Year 1, pupils are tested by completing the official Phonics Screening Test. The children are asked to read a selection of real and made up words and the results of these tests are reported to parents.


Please click the link below for further information.

The children were encouraged to 'have a go at what they know'. This was linked to our letter sound 'z'. We zipped up our coats, wrote a sentence and got a sticker. Please click the link below to see how they did.