St Francis Catholic Primary

St Francis Primary School

Phonics and Reading Scheme

Phonics Presentation - November 2015

Phonics and Reading Schemes in Key Stage 1


Conversation is an essential part of pre-reading.

Other ways to develop reading are:

· Sharing books and reading to/with your child daily - TV and audio are not substitutes for your involvement

· Teaching traditional nursery rhymes

· Encouraging your child to notice the printed word, e.g. Street names and shop signs

· Visiting your local library

· Playing games that encourage your child to listen, e.g. Simon says

· Helping your child to recognise letters by the initial pure sounds e.g. I Spy

· Singing alphabet songs

· Letting your child see that you enjoy books and reading

· Encouraging a respect for books

All pupils are given a colour banded reading book to bring home regularly. Parents are encouraged to share the book with their child and record progress in a reading record diary. The school uses the Oxford Reading tree and Bug Club as its key reading schemes, supplemented by other schemes to add depth and variety to the child’s reading experience.

We aim to ensure that children read for interest, purpose & pleasure


All the children are taught phonics on a daily basis as part of a structured programme based on the Primary Strategy Letters and Sounds. Resources used to teach phonics include: Bug phonics and Jolly phonics. Pupil progress is monitored carefully. The school believes that good phonics knowledge is essential in helping a child to read and write.

Click below for further information:


Phonics Fact Sheet and Definitions       Pronunciation of the 44 phonemes


Parent Support for Phonics                     Encouraging your children to Read and Spell


Guide to helping your children with Spellings