At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, synthetic phonics is taught as the main approach to early reading.

Our school uses the Letters and Sounds phonics program which starts with Phase 1 in Nursery and continues into Reception and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).

Phonics is a fun, multi-sensory approach and linked with a range of reading resources.

Initially children learn to listen attentively for sounds and rhythms and then they begin to learn the sounds of single letters. They learn to blend these sounds into words (for example h-a-t would make hat). Children are taught how to decode and segment sounds in words in order that they can read and write more efficiently.

We continue to use the Letters and Sounds program throughout Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), working systematically through the different stages, up to Phase 6. By this time child will have developed a secure grasp of complicated letter strings which enables them to decode two and three syllable words. Reading evolves from learning to read, to reading to learn.

Some words, which cannot be phonetically sounded out, are taught at each phase. These are ‘tricky words’ and are taught through sight recognition.

Oxford Owl is a free website to help you support your child with reading at home. It includes a phonics guide (including how to say the sounds correctly), ideas for motivating boys to read and great ideas to keep your child reading throughout the holidays. There are also reading games and activities.?

We provide workshops at school to support parents and provide them with information and activities to help their child at home. Look out for dates when these will take place in the year.

FS / KS1 Texts for Writing



Year 1

Year 2

Nursery Rhymes

The Bad tempered ladybird

Dear Zoo

Farmer Duck

Rosie’s Walk

Mr Gumpy’s Outing

Jaspers Beanstalk

Owl Babies





Peace at last

The Naughty bus

Dark Dark tale

We’re going on a Bear Hunt


Biscuit bear

The hungry caterpillar


Billy goats gruff

The three little pigs

Walking through the jungle

Where the Wild Things Are

My cat likes to hide in boxes

Handa’s surprise

What the Ladybird heard

Jack’s big day

Little red hen

Little red riding hood


The smartest giant in town

Poetry unit

Rainbow fish

Paper bag princess

Dinosaurs and all that rubbish


Pirates next door

The night pirates

The Beegu

Funny bones

Traction man


Bob – the man on the moon

The owl who was afraid of the dark

The Hodgeheg

War and peas

The jolly Christmas postman

The true story of the three little pigs

Into the forest

The lighthouse keeper’s lunch

The snowman



The twelve dancing princesses

The Whale Song

Alternative texts suitable for KS1

Amazing Grace

Katie Morag delivers the mail

Charlie’s superhero underpants

Something else

Voices in the park

Once there were giants