At Mellor St. Mary's Primary School the principal approach to teaching reading is through synthetic phonics. We establish a partnership between home and school, whereby parents can support their child with their reading through a range of books from a variety of reading schemes. The core reading schemes in place are Oxford Reading Tree (including stories featuring specific phonic patterns), Ginn and Collins, which focus on phonics, but also reinforce words frequently used in our English language that do not follow phonetic rules. The importance of understanding the story or information in a book is always emphasised and the vital aspect of enjoying books and reading is highlighted above all, so children want to learn to read and have a thoroughly rewarding experience.
At our school, all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 follow structured teaching in Systematic Synthetic Phonics through the Letters and Sounds programme.
In Foundation Stage the requirements of Letters and Sounds are implemented via the Jolly Phonics scheme and the principles of the scheme are continued in Key Stage 1 as appropriate to children's development into independent readers.
At the end of Year 1, all children take the National Phonics Check Assessment.
Synthetic phonics means that children learn to read, not only by knowing individual letter sounds, but also by knowing the sounds made by every combination of letters within words. The letter combinations are taught at brisk pace in Foundation Stage and Year 1, so that children can apply them to work out a wide variety of words while still in the early years of school.
There are so many ways that you can add to what you learn at school when you are at home.
Younger children - Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
To help support your child with phonics, Phonics Play and the Letters and Sounds websites are full of good activities:
Linking with all our fun Oxford Reading Tree stories, why not have a look at "The Magic Key" website at:
Websites with activities for the whole primary age range include:
BBC Spellits (Spelling games)
Kids Spell (Create your own spelling lists and games)
Fun Brain (Reading and spelling games)
Learning games for Kids (Spelling and word games)
PrimaryGames.com (Spelling rules, including vowels, blends, plurals etc.)
ICT Games.com (Look, cover, check game)
Specially for older children:
Historic Newspapers (genuine newspapers to mark important historical events, e.g.World War 1 and World War 2)
There are lots of websites you can access to apply all your skills in reading, spelling and writing. Lots of them include challenges, quizzes and games, so you can learn more, whilst having loads of fun!
"Wacky Web Tales" looks fun, at:
The BBC websites are fantastic. Firstly, there's "Spellits" at:
and don't forget BBC Bitesize that can help with getting ready for Y6 SATS at: