Reading - Whole School Focus

Why is reading so important to the life chances of our young people?

Phonics Play and Phonics Information Sheet for Parents




Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds.  Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 have daily phonic lessons using Phonics Play.  The daily sessions are for 20 minutes and children work through and are assessed for each phonic phase.  In Year 1 the children will complete the Phonics  Screening Check.  This shows how well your child can use their phonic knowledge and skills to read.




Here at St Mary’s we want our children to read for pleasure.  Children are encouraged to look at and read books.  We value the importance of reading and want our children to engage and develop a love of reading.


Research has found that children who read for pleasure are not only more likely to be lifelong readers, but they are also likely to succeed both academically and socially.


Staff read to the children daily and you can also support your child at home.  Listen to them read a book from school or one of their choice.  Enjoy a book at bedtime together. Join the library and making use of their wide collection of books.

Lancashire Library - Reading Challenge


This year, Lancashire's Libraries will be inviting children to get silly for their Summer Reading Challenge with the library webpage - join the silly squad.


The website will be free to access and a place for you to rate and review books. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes, and digital and downloadable activities to complete at home. The Library service will also be providing loads of fun free things to do including book quizzes, a reading group, and an online Lego club!

I Opened a Book by Julia Donaldson (with Cued Speech).360p.mp4

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