At Sacred Heart we believe it is vital that your child finds learning to read a rewarding, successful and enjoyable experience.

Central to our teaching of early reading skills is the teaching of systematic phonics using `Sounds Write`. This programme has been developed by John Walker with Susan Case and David Philpot,  and provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching reading. It is used in many primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers.

Phonics teaching helps children to understand the relationships between the letters (graphemes) of written language and sounds (phonemes) of spoken language.

Words are made up of sounds (phonemes) and in English there are 44 sounds.

Using Sounds Write,  children learn these 44 common sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts. They learn to read words using sound blending. Crucially, the children read  books featuring words they have learned to sound out and can decode, so they achieve success in reading.

As they move through the programme and know more sounds, the range of texts they read is extended.

Sounds Write sessions are taught each day to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

There is lots of information and some useful video clips for parents at:

Children in Reception are given reading books to take home as soon as their phonic knowledge is secure enough to decode texts.

For phonics intervention in KS2 the school uses RWInc phonics and Freshstart.


Accelerated Reader

As soon as we feel that the children are ready to read texts and understand them fully, they are given a ‘Star reading’ test to see if they can go onto Accelerated Reader. This is usually from Year 2, but we are getting an increasing number of Year 1 children who are ready to access the scheme.

More information about the Accelerated Reader scheme can be found by clicking the link below: