At St Mary’s we use the Sounds-Write programme to teach Phonics and Spelling.

Please click on the image below for SOUNDS – WRITE.


In Reception class we held a well attended Family Learning Phonics session on 4th October 2022 and hold weekly Phonics Parent drop ins every Thursday at 9am.

Year 1 also holds weekly parent phonics drop ins on Tuesdays at 9am. All Year 1 parents are welcome.

The Skills below are taught explicitly

  • Blending
  • Segmenting
  • Phoneme Manipulation (sound swapping)


Children are taught to Decode and Encode by understanding 4 Clear Concepts

  • Letters are symbols that represent sounds that they say.
  • Sounds can be spelt using 1,2,3 or 4 letters – f, oa, air, eigh.
  • The same sound can be spelt in different ways – bone, coat, toe, window, shoulder.
  • The same spelling can represent different sounds – bread, eat, great.

All adults in school use the same consistent, concise language about sounds and spelling when teaching.


We use Phrases such as

  • In this word…
  • If this was…. this would be a…
  • This can spell …. What else can it spell?
  • Say the sounds and read the word.


Please click here for Year 1 Phonics Screener Information.


Sounds Write™ Parent Guide


Please watch this video to find our more about the Sounds Write Phonics Programme we use.


Please watch this video to hear the Precise Pronunciation of the Sounds.