St Michael's
C.E. Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed


As you know, the ability to read and write well is a vital skill for all children, paving the way for an enjoyable and successful school experience.

Children learn and practise many of the skills that they need for reading and writing from a very early age. They do this through a wide range of activities and experiences, at home and in school.

The Phonics Scheme that we use at St Michael's is Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. 

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 Phonics is taught daily. The children in Reception and Key Stage 1 will be allocated a Big Cat Collins Ebook that is linked to the sounds that they are learning in school. (Please see information below about to how to access the Ebooks.) They will also be reading this in school three times a week. Within these sessions they will be focusing on Decoding, Prosody and Comprehension. They will also bring a book to enjoy for pleasure with a member of their family. The children will not be expected to be able to read this book. It is a book for you to enjoy with them. Please read these at home with your child.

Children sit a National Phonics Screening check at the end of Year 1. If the expected standard isn't met then this is re-sat in Year 2.

For more information on the way we teach phonics at St. Michael’s Primary School and for ways you can help your child read and write at home, please contact school. 

If you have any further questions regarding this subject or ways you can help your child read and write at home, please speak to Miss Amy Sturdy or Miss Alice McIntosh who are our Phonics Subject Champions.