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English (Phonics, Reading and Spelling)

At St Katherine’s School and Nursery, we are working hard to provide the most exciting and engaging literacy environment possible.  We want each pupil to develop a love of reading, a love of communicating and to be confident, articulate writers from an early age. 
Reading is vitally important to us and has a high status within the school.  We are aiming to transform our reading environment to foster a love of reading many different kinds of literature.  Our exciting online reading scheme ‘Bug Club’ is wonderfully motivating for the children. Each child has their own log in and books selected to support ability and challenge.    
We teach phonics in Reception and KS1 using ‘Letters and Sounds’ and continue to focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar as your child moves through the school.  We currently use Spelling Shed to support spelling throughout the school and each child has their own login to practise their spelling through games and challenges.  
We are developing our curriculum with a focus on high quality texts.  Classes use a book to hook the focus on for reading and also to stimulate writing opportunities. The children are encouraged to write for a range of purposes and view literacy and language as a powerful means of self-expression.   
At St Katherine’s School and Nursery, we want to create readers and writers for life, with the skills to succeed and fulfil their potential in the next stage of their education. 




To support with the pronunciation of the letter sounds that children learn in school, please take a look at the short video clip via the following link:  


Useful phonics websites:



At St Katherine’s School and Nursery, we believe that children become fluent readers by establishing a climate which creates positive attitudes towards books and reading. Children need to enjoy reading and see a purpose for it. We do this by: 

  • Using the Power of Reading project from September 2019.   
  • Each classroom having an inspiring and welcoming reading area with ‘Reading Ribbon’.
  • A range of books in each classroom covering different genres.
  • Children have the opportunity to share books and read to an adult.
  • Regular Book Fairs.
  • Book Weeks.
  • Using Reading Records as a way of communicating with parents and monitoring reading.
  • Reading Challenge Chart for home reading – Race to Read.
  • The library being well stocked with a range of up to date fiction and non-fiction books for all ages.
  • Classes using the library weekly to take books home and support them in school with their learning.
  • Giving children time to browse and select books for a variety of purposes.
  • Teachers reading regularly to all children from a range of high quality literature.


Teaching Strategies for Reading

Reading is taught in our school through a range of teaching strategies. At the present time, these strategies are taught to support the objectives in the National Curriculum. Reading is taught in a variety of ways:

  • Whole Class Guided Reading  – Whole Class Guided reading forms the backbone of the reading curriculum in school. 
  • Shared Reading - Whole class texts such as Big Books or ICT based resources are used by the teacher in order to focus on specific teaching points to do with reading and story structure. The use of ‘Bug Club’ helps support this.
  • Class reading book – Reading Ribbon.
  • Phonic Exercises – The children are taught about the sounds of individual words and groups of words. This follows the programme of work outlined in the Progression of Letters and Sounds.
  • Spelling Games and Activities- Children have the opportunity to explore spelling games and activities.
  • We encourage parents to allow their child use ‘Bug Club’ at home to support their reading and to hear their children read regularly.

Bug Club

Our school has subscribed to Bug Club, a fantastic online reading world which we will be using in addition to our current reading provision. The children can access their own personalised page on the website using their login and password details. The school code is ccxm. Your child’s class teacher will allocate e-books which they can enjoy reading at home with you. Follow the link to take you directly to the Bug Club website.


Useful Links to Support Reading

These reading links below have information to help you support your child with their reading at home.  - The Book Trust - Love Reading 4 Kids Oxford Owl E Library


Recommended Texts for Year Groups