St Mary Magdalen's

St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Phonics and Reading


In KS1, phonics is taught every day using the Read, Write, Inc. Phonics scheme by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

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Our Literary Curriculum from the Literacy Tree is a complete, thematic approach to the teaching of primary English that places children’s literature at its core. We believe that the use of high quality literature is important in schools; it expands its readers' horizons, opening minds to concepts and themes such as love, war and justice, as well as providing vital insights into historical settings with geographical and scientific knowledge woven within as part of the narrative.

To further foster a love of reading, all classes have a storytime every day that focuses on different themes or genres. We want our children to be confident readers that read for pleasure, immersing themselves in a book. 

While reading independently, sharing a book or listening to someone read to them, children can:

  • Be transported to other places
  • Begin to form opinions (and gain an understanding of others’ opinions)
  • Develop a sense of humour
  • Become acquainted with people and characters (personified animals who talk and behave like humans) and their emotions
  • Develop empathy
  • 'Visit’ parts of the world (and other worlds!) they had no idea existed
  • Develop their imagination
  • Learn facts
  • Make links between their own and others’ lives
  • Become discerning readers, make informed choices. and so on...